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Full text of "Eben-ezer, or, A small monument of great mercy [electronic resource] : appearing in miraculous deliverance of William Okeley, William Adams, John Anthony, John Jephs, John ---, carpenter, from the miserable slavery of Algiers, with the wonderful means of their escape in a boat of canvas ..."

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E'BE^EZE%: 

OR, A SMALL 

MONUMENT 

OF GREAT 

MERCY, 

APPEARING IN THE 

Miraculous Deliverance 

O F 
IVilliam Okclejf, O John Aathottjii 
IFilliam Adams ^ \yjohn Jcphs, 
Johft — • Carpenter, 
From the Miferabic Slavery oi ALG I ERS^ 
with the wonderful Means of their Efcape in 
A Bi,it (./ Cinvas ; the; frcat Diilrcl'i.ai/d utmolt Ex- 
tremities uhich thc'y endured at Sea for Six Djys arid 
Nights; their late Arrival at y1/.i>or^: With IcveraJ 
Matters of Rcniarqite during their long Captivity, 
and tlicfnllowing Providences of God which brought 
thcmf^feto ENG LAND. 



By mc Wdlhtm Okclcy. 



Blefs thf Lord, m; Soul, and fir^et nnt all hii Benefits, 
yvho Redetmeth thy Life fiom DijirHilicn, whoCroveneth 
thee with Loving Kindneft, and tender Mercies, Pfal. 
log. 2. 4. 



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THis Author never was In Print before, 
And C'etthispleareornotJ will nevermore. 

j If all the Prefs-OpprefTorsof the Age 

p Would fo Refolve, 'twould Happinefs prcfage : 

,j He ftiould as foon another Voyage take, 

3 As be Oblifi'd another Book to make, ' 

^ KhCanvaf Boat Efcaped Seas and Wind, 

J He fears this Paper- Veficl will not find 
Such gentle Gales, when every Reader haih 
Pow'r with a puff to (ink the Writers Faith. 
For who fo Prints a Book, goes off from/liore 
TO hazard that which was his own before • 
As one poor Pinnace Ovcr-match'd, that fight* 
with an Armado, fo doth he who Writes • 
i,^ „ ■ .(^i/'I^tgoc^'yMerchant.Ships; fee forth, 
Laden with Richesofthcgrcateawoftht 
W th CounceIs,Father5,Text-Men,SchooI-Men Mann'd i 
With Sacred Cannon Mounted at each Hand ; 
Arehard befer, and forc'd to make Defence 
Againft Arra'd Atheifm, Pride, and Impudence. 
Hew can this little Cock-Boat hope Efcape, 
When Scripture Suffers Piracy and Rape / 
A !?M . .<^^*'"'^'n the World Epitomiz'd, 
And Mankind in Oftavo was Compriz.'dO 

By Infidelity it felf lyes drown'd. 

That ,W,/e/ with a Rod tlie Sea ftiould Cane, 

And br t the Coward nreams into a Plain / 



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Wfththc fam: Cane fTiouId broach a Flinr, and bring 
Ont of irs Fierv Womb a flowing Spring : 
That a <iry Hick alViRnM for Levi} flmc 
Should Bu<!, and Blofcm, and R-pe Almonds bear , 
That Sampfnn with the jaw-Bon-- of an Afs 
C And Atheirts think Him One that lets if pars _ 
Without a fcomnie^ OioiiM flay a Thoufand Men, 
And being weary with the Slaughter; -then 
The kind Jaw-Eonc, that was his Fduichion tirft. 
Should tt.rn a Fiaggon.and allay hfsThirl}. 
Thcfe Miraclcf, and all the Sarreo (tore 
Which Kaith Hiould grj!;'. anl Piety adore. 
Meet with Arrefts, Arraignir n- nnd a Doom 
More hardi than Tales of Heathen Grccct, or Rome. 

Yet O tiie Folly of Confounded Man / 

Who cannot Truth believe, but Fables cao. 

When Truth that cannot Lye, fhall be bcly d, 

Its k-owV dcfy'd, and Wcaknefs Dcify'd : 

When our Difeafcd Appetite fliall Lull 

For Egylts Uek, or Giheon-i mou'Hy Crult » 

Ephraim will feed on AOies, and difdam _ 

The Mjnna Comfits, and the Candy d Ratn, 

An Heaven-born Truth (like poor Mens Infants; may 

For lack of God-Fathers, unchtilVned Itay, 

And find no I'riea ; when every Itandcr by 

Will be a GolTip to a Great Mans Lye. 

O Miracle of Love/.God-Man wasfam 

Each Miracle he wrought, to make it twain. 

The Faa, and Faith too, elfe the Fatt m vaio.( 

There isa Generation alive, 

That Live on Lying Miracles, and thrive. 

There is a Guild of Priclfs will undertake 

To make that God who doth all Wonders make : 

Can make Him, Bake Him, Break him. Eat Hm too. 

And with a Thought can All again undo. 

Had but feme Monk this Hinoty to Drefs, 

He would have made the Iron-Teeth of th P.efs 

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'; Turn Edge, and Grin, to chew the fluff and flilc; 
' Coinpar'd with which all's Cap in M.mdevile. 
I Had thcfe Five Comrades bt;n pood Sons of Rome, 

Norhinn Hu: Miracles had bio.iglr them home. 
; Okel; bad been infpircd •, Jcpht had ficn 
! An Apron dropt down from Heavens Virqin-Qncetl 
; To make a Sail; Curprnffr ftiould have pray'd 
I Saint Jfcleph to --(ria him a: his Trade; 
w Andrhcn V M -tn Hl.i in -lieCdlar find 
' TheKed.rH.S ?. pfn., a'iMo.' J to hisMind. 

An Holy Sca-CaU in S: .''.-,•(■. .f oit, 
; Hadthenn)';f..V:\l,au • -lanc'd .tore the Boat: 

Saint C/i .Vf/)?rwi-h a r.ieet Babe on's back. 

Had flalKt '.'one tolavefrorr, Rockand Wrack: 
( Saint Nicholas f orin lu' *>hape. Old Nidi) 

Had with a ftraw flecr'd the Boat Catholick. 
I The Tortoife rakcn n.ipping in the Flood, 
,( Had firft faid Grace, and rhcii become the!; Food; 
, Yea, and his Sacred Shell had been preftrr'd 

To make fine Combs for WdgifnrtU Beard. 
; And 'vho can tell ("for now 'tis Thirty Years 
; Sincethis rtrange Expedition from Algiers,') 
: What Ufc the Friarsof M.ijork^ have made 
. Of the poor Skiff to raife their Legend-Trade? 

: But, be it as it will; Euy,ornotBuy; 

i This Book is Proteflanc, and hates a Lye. 
,_ The Reader fhall find in this Breviary 
, AH Pater-Noflers, not one Ave Mary. 
. 5f Gentleman and Chriftian may avail, 
[! if Honour and Religion can bebail 
^ For this poor Pilgrims Truth and FaithfuInel^ 
ji it tray w,th Leave and fafety pafs the Prcfs. 
I ict him who fcorns to Read, or Reads to fcorn, 
11 And thinksthisStorym^ght have beenforborn; 
U Firft, buy the Cook, then five Security 
y ?^?.,'?°.''"'''>' TneBook-Sellerandr 
I VViil give l.im Bond, when he Returns to Land. 
n Jo pay a Thoufand pounds into his Hand. 
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Mean.T.h;if, this Narrative r.11 ptaitiafldTfuc} 
Is worth a Six-pence to i Turk OTjen', 
Buaoa ChriaL ( were the Story gone ) 
The Preface is a Penny-worth ^'o"*: = . 
The whole hath no Errata's or Mi»»kcJ, 
SaTc what the Printer and the Poet makes. 




To the following 



NARRATIVE. 



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Courteoui Reader., 

ID O readily agree with thee, that there is 
no fort of Writings more lyable to abufe 
than this of the Narrative : Lying much at 
the Mercy of the Com^ofer to be Corrupted ; 
and as much in danger to be mifimprovcd by the 
Reader : The Reader therefore I am fure will de- 
mand ([(^oaf SecHrity that he is not impofed upon in 
theenf/iinj^ Relation-, and the Writer craves leave 
too, to malnum a modejtjeahufte^ leit the Rea- 
der fhould mifs the benefit that is defigned to him 
in it : The ylnthor will engage, and pawn his 
Credit wrro xvrcn^ the Narrative, and he would 
take fome care alfo that the Reader may not ivron^ 
hmfelf. 

It is very true, that every Narrator is under a 

ilrong Temptatiofi to Seafon his Difcourfc to the 

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The Preface. 
CjiBo of the Time, not impofing a fcvcrc Law 
upon himfcif, to Report what is true, but accom- 
inodating his Story to the Liquorilh appetite of 
others : I have obferved that/ywf AIe» are afha- 
mcd to Recount nuan and humble Alatters ; if 
they bring us any thing below Prodigy and Mi- 
racle, if they fluff not their Farces with G organs, 
Harfics , Centaures , and Enchanted JJlands , 
they neither pleafethemfclves, nor hope to take 
their Readers by the Heart-firings. Hence is it, 
that we have fo many lean, barren Stories, lard- 
ed with the Additamcnts of Fruitful Invention, as 
if they had been Penn'd by the Pattern of Xeao- 
phon's C)rw. Non ad Htftorij: fidem , fed ad 
y:flt Imperii Exemplar : Not for Counter-panes 
of Truth, but Counterfeits of Fancy : Thcy tell 
US not what was really done, but what they would 
have had done, if they might have had the Con- 
trivance of the Scene, and Tragedy: They firft 
form Idcea's of Ingeniom Romances in their own 
Heads, and then obtrude them upon the World 
for Htflorical Verities. 

JuH: as our Hydrographers in the Delineating 
of Countries, with one Wanton Extravagant Fro- 
lick of their Graver can raife Mountains, where 
Nature left us Galleys; and fink deep galley s,vj\\erc 
God has llretch'd out a Champagn ; can create 
Bays, and Creeks, where the Creator made firm 
Land; and jut out ProMontories,andCapes,\vhcTe 
there's nothing in Nature to anfwcr them ; and to 
fill up Vacuities (out of pure good Husbandry. 

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The Preface. 
that not an inch of Ground may be loli ) prcfcnt 
us with fljmg Fijhes, Tritons, and Mermaids, 
which fpcnd their hours inter PeClnicm c- Spc- 
ciihor. ; and Icll Mare del zur (liould fiill be a 
Dcfoi.ite Wiidernefs, have courtcoufly (lock'd 
it with the Painters Wife's J flan d, and Terra In- 
cofnita; at this rate are wedeait with, by this 
kind of Men, who love to blowup Lank^Stones 
into huge Bladders, and then put fomething in 
thcin to make them Rattle to plcafe Children, and 
yet thcy are but hUdders fldl, though fwelled 
with thcTyn.pany, andU'ind-Cholick^ 

There are aifo a fort of Stories, which,^^ the way 
cfCoiirtefle,we mif-call Hifto>tes,ihit fcorn to give 
us an Account of any thing but Dreadful, and tcr- 
tible Buttles, and how one great Man above all 
therelt, chopt olF y^r^^; and yJ.ms, and cut off 
fome fheer by the veajh, and with his Trenchant 
blade mowed down whole Files of Armed Ene- 
mies; the Fields all this while running with 
ftrcams of Blood, and purple Gore; and all this, 
with as much confidence, and exadncfs in every 
Minute Ctrcumftance , as if, like the Familiar 
D<trr7on of Paracclfm, thcy had been inclofed in 
the pommel of the Generals Sword ; or had ho- 
ver d, hkp TiHory With her doubtful Wings, o\er 
both the Armies, where they might fecurdy take 
notes of all that was faid or done, in Shclton's 
Brachygraphy : but from what Principles or In- 
terefis thefe Warriours were ^chd; by what 
Rules thcy proceeded, with what Cciaccls and 
A 2 fntriqites. 



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Jntrk""^ dcfigns were managed-^ and to what 
««•«/ all thcfc Policies fleered' xs as m^c\^bclcw 
their Spirits as ^bove their Abilities, to .nform 

"''to fccurc the Reader againft the fear of fuch 
Entertainment in this Narrative, let him know, 
that he fhall meet with nothing m FaB but what 
IS precifcly true; what of wonderment he may 
encounter, was of Gods own tvork.nig, not ot 
Mans invent inr, let others make Tragedies to 
cratifie the ^ookfeller, and cheat the fmple buyer ; 
wc need not Peter Lilltcraps Efex-Serpem. nor 
Livcwell Chapman's Greater Monftersto^QQxm- 
dize our Title Page ; Go^s Works need .vc> foyi 
tofct them off, the gicatcd beauty of Truth, is 
its mkednefs, and Symmetry. 

There is a vaft difference between the moft ela- 
borate prodiitls oiArt, and the moft homely pieces 
cf Nature ; for though the former w-jll needs 
Ape l\^c latter, yet how pitifully docs /*;f/'««x'^ 
in the imitation/ Look upon the fubtle point of 
the Enefl Needle through a Mkrofcope, and you 
will foon be fatisfied that Art is but a Dunce, tor 
the Needle will appear as bknt, aud dull as a 
Drum-flick.; but come and view one of Gods 
Handy-works in the fame Glafs, T.G. The flt>iz 
cf a V>ce, and you (hall fee it perpetually Acumi- 
nated till it ends infomething, which the Eye mult 
either confefs to be a Point, or Nothing : The 
fame Difference we may obferve between thofe 
Rmances, which *rc the Iffues oi flne wlh and 

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The Preface, 
the feriom grave Contrivances of Divine Provi- 
dence ; what clummz.'d things arc the Cajfandra's 
to one of thofe pieces of proportion, to be fecn in 
Cods Government of this lower World ! So that it 
were unpardonable to ftrivc to Recommend the 
wonderful Providences of God to the Genius of 
this Age, by a Lye, or to talk, deceitfully fir htm ; 
whatever therefore this Narrative is, yet its a 
nailed Account of his own workings, and Gold 
needs no gilding. 

But now the Readers great danger lies in run- 
ning over fome of Gods workj, and yet not feeing 
God in his workj : Little Children, we fee, do 
hugely plcafc chemfclves vj\i\\ the gilded Covers, 
and Marbled Leaves of Books, but concern not 
thcmfelves, what is within; and if they chance 
to look a little overly u^on the forms and Jlutpes 
of the Letters, yet underftand not the fubliMC 
matter, that may be coucht in them : Now, to 
divide the words from the meaning, is morally to 
Annihilate them, and Co whilll they fee Letters, 
and words ouely, they fee juH: Nothing : There 
are a great many fuch ■mij^oyie^vni , fuch Old 
Children in the World, that gaze upon the fur- 
face of Gods Workj, but never are led by them to 
admire the Wifdom, Power, Goodnefs, and Ho- 
lme fs of God : They deal with the works of Pro- 
vidence, juft as they do .with the worksrof Crea- 
tion : God has engraven his own Name in Legi- 
ble Charaders upon the Heavenly Bodies. The 
Stars in their fingle beauties , their Combined 
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^[lerifms^ their Mutual ^fpefls, their Intricate, 
yet Reoiiiir Motions^ fpcak their Author ^ nay, 
upon the loweJl- Recreations, the Leifure-fports 
of Nature, there is written, -Df/«/fc;>. But 
now the common obfcrvcr, whofe thouj^hts arc 
terminated by hu Eye, and /;// Eye with the vi- 
fble Heavens, as 'tis bcfpangicd with glittering 
things, called Planets , and htars, lofcth quite 
i\\cumaindcfign, which is to condud and argue 
our thoughts up to a firft Caufe ; for they were 
not fo much out who crycd up the Mufck^ of the 
Sphares to be fo Ravijliimr : and we fliould con- 
fefs it, could we but hear them fing this Antheme, 
Glory he to God on High. Can wc be fo Brutifh, 
as once to imagine, thjtthc wife God, wbocre- 
ates nothing little , nor for a little end, fhould 
create fuc'i great, and gloria m Bodies only to be 
the Objcds of Ignorant, and b'ind Amazement ? 
Surely no ; but that by the contemplation of them, 
we might be led into the Admiration of Him, 
whofe Being, VVifdom, Power mufl needs be 
ttifnitely Gloriow, when his very works are ex- 
cellently fo: Here then will be the Readers dan- 
ger, leit all his Spirits (hould evaporate in a con- 
fufed Admiration, that ^ Bwr, a little, a Canvas 
B2<»f fliould, like the Ark, convey fo many Per- 
fons fo many Leagues fafe to flioar, whilit he mif- 
ks the true intent, and meaning of it, to behold 
a watchful Providence (as well as the Being of a 
■Deity,) over all Affairs. Now, that he may 
not fplit upon this dangerous RQck.i but improve 

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The Preface. 
the Narrative to his beft Advantage, I fhall fub' 
miffively lay before him a few Dire(ftions. 

I, Se[l. Learn from this Narrative to trtijl, 
and in all thy ways to acknowledge God, who by 
the moil contemptib/e means, can effedt the moji 
conjiderable things. Created Beings,as they can- 
not hCi beyond the Sphare of their j^llivity, fo 
neither can they Operate further than the fuita- 
hlenefs of their Jnflriimcnts will enable them; 
it were ridiculous to attempt to cut down a For- 
reft with aPen-k>tifc, or Lave the Ocean with a 
fpoon ; but if the great God can make the didlcfl 
tool to cm, can ferve himfclf of the moft unfit In- 
firimcnts, and accomplifli the rr.ofl noble wcrkj 
with the moit Wooden Engines, he will furcde- 
ferve ourgreateft truji and confidence. As great 
Princes are attended with a numerous train of Ser- 
vants , more for State, than ab folate neceffity ; 
fo God ufes fecond caufes, not becaufe he cannot 
workjvithont them, but to teach us to admire his 
ftrength, in their weak>iefs, his All-fHJfioency in 
their infiijjicicncy. 

The Grand Seignior had heard of the famous 
Atchic vcmcnt of Cafi riots Scimitar, and was very 
defirous to make an Experiment, whether its 
excellency anfwercd the Report ; he fends for it, 
proves it, it does no Execution ; he fends it back 
with fcorn, and indignation, that lying Fame 
fhould magnifie a forry Ammunition Sword fo far 
above its merits , but Scanderbeg , before the 
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The Preface. 
Mcflcngcrs Face, hews in pieces Helmets, Cor- 
flcts; Go now (fays he) and tell your Maftcr, 
though I /cut Ijim my Srvordy I Hid not f aid him my 
^rm; none Can work with Gods means, that has 
not Gods ^rm: Hafi thou an Arm likj God? 
Job 40, 9, Here then the Reader m.iy fee, (and 
if he fees not, he forfeits his Eyes ) the fame God 
vho in an Ark^of bulnijlies prcferved Mvfes.m'i 
in another Ark faved Noah, in a fmall Canvas 
Ski'ller ( which was our Ark, though in a leflTcr 
"S'olumn) waft us over the Ocean, and bring us 
all fafc to Land ; As God is fecn in the fmallcfi 
Workj of Creation, (o in the fmalUfi Inflriimenis 
of his Providence, The little Fly, or Ant, ex- 
prcflcs Creative power, and Omnipotency in Mi- 
niature, as well as the great, Cafllebearina Ele- 
jihant : I have read fomewhcre of a Goldrmith 
that made a Lcck^and Key, and Chain fo finall, 
and fubtlc, that a Fly would draw them all about 
a Table, and never be flailed ; furcly theSpe- 
ditox would not prajdicate the iJren^th of the 
foor Fly, but the skill of the Artifi. 

Eft in teniiibits, & Pufdlis Reculis ■ 

Latu Optimiq; Maxtmiq; Alaxima. Caz.. 

Piit hilar. 
The Glory of the Great wife King, 
Shines greatly in the fmalleft thing. 

Indeed our whole paflage was wonder ; fuppofe 
we had met with one Night of Haz.y Weather , 

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we might have plycd back into the jaws of that 
Deilruftion which we had fofar cfcapcd. Had 
we met witho;;^ Sterm (and an ordinary f//^ of 
wind had been a Storm to tu ) it had prefently 
cvcr-fct usj but the fame God that commands 
a caIn) for the Ha'cyon, commanded Halcyon 
days and nights for us, till under the wings or his 
gracious ca're he had liMicht his own pnrpofes of 
Mercy, into per fell Deliverance. It was a won- 
der too, that in our fix days Voyage, in the Me- 
diterranean, the very High Road of Navi- 
gation, both for honefl Men and Knaves, Mer- 
chants and Pirates, we fhould not meet with cw^ 
V(Jfel,Friend or Foe : Had we met with a Friend- 
ly VciTcl, they had pityed us, taken us up, and 
then the Power of God had not been fo fignalizcd 
in our Prcfervation •, had we fallen in with an Ene- 
my, we had immediately become a prey to their 
Teeth, they had fwalloxved us up ejiiick., we had 
made but one poor Aforfel to their greedy fto- 
machs, and thereby defeated a work of God glo- 
rioudy begun, and rob'd him of the Revenue of 
his praifc. 

If then they that go down to the Sea in Ships, fee 
the rvorkj of the Lord,and his wonders in the deep, 
Pfal. 107. 23,24. What Wonders , what AH- 
racles of Providence have wefeen, and may others 
fee in us , who went down to the feit, not in ajliipy 
but in a Canoe, which for want of a better Nan-.e 
we call a haatl Let the Reader therefore ad- 
TfJireCodmihwe; and both of wwilfa the Pfal- 

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ITltft. Pf^l- S6. 8. yimon^ft the gods there is none 
Itl^Httto thee, Lordy neither are there any works 
Uke thy works. 

Hedcals iinrightcoiifly with God who mcafures 
him by the frKalifiefs of the means that he ufcs, and 
not by the ncatnefs of thofc eJfcCls he produces 
by thofe means. And therefore, 

Difcc a. Cymbida, ej lipjitis es ; cr Deo 
J)apro ten.iibiu, O" p'ljillis Reculis, 
Laudcm Optimofj; Maximocj-, A'faximam. 

Gaz.. Pta hilar. 
Let this our little SkifT thy Spirits raife, 
To give to this great God , thy greated 

Praife. 

2. Sef}. Let the Reader improve this Relation 
to Fortife his Faith agamfi the little Cavils of 
Atheiflical Spirits, who lay out their illpliccdwit 
in forgeing Objedlions againli: Hi'n th.it gave it. 
There is a Creature famous in Prov. 6. ^» Utie 
Mttterno impletus calcibiu petit Laltantem, that 
bcin^ filled with the liberal Dug, iingrarefiilly 
kicks bit Dam. Thus this fort of Men arc ambi- 
tious to be accounted witty, in creating ki'ots and 
difficulties in the Hillorical pafTages of Gods c;reat 
Providences Recorded in Scripture, and particu- 
larly in his Prefervation of Noah^ and his Family 
in the j^'kj. But he that had fccn with w the watch- 
ful eye of Cod fuper-intended, and the fieddy hand 
cf God to hold a poor Canvas Boat, built without 

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Regular proportion, ill Viduallcd, without An- 
chor, Helm, Compafs, or Tackle, and there- 
by prefcrve the Lives of five mconfidir.ibU Per- 
fons, of no great ufc in the World, and after 
fix days great extremity and diflrcfs, Land them 
ail fafe, may cafily Credit the Report, how the 
fjmc God iliould prefcrve ev^ht Per fans, upon 
whofe Lives the re peopling of the whole World 
did depend, maVeffelof moji exalt proportions, 
ftron;^ built, and well laid in with ail n.anntr of 
Provifions. He that can fee a Creator in the 
works of Creation, and a Governi.r\n the workj 
of Providence, miy rcufonably believe all Divtne 
Revelations. 

1, . SeEl. Let all that would not abufc this Nar- 
rative bcwarc,lcit wbtift they are adn.ning Provi- 
dence in this tnflance of our prefervation, they do 
not ever -look, thofe eminent appearances of God to- 
wards themfelves every moment , which, though 
perhaps they carry not fu much of R.inty in them, 
yet may have in them as much of real power, wif- 
dom, a'idgoodncfs. We arc apt to deal with our 
Alercics, jull as wcdowith our fins, where the 
Commonnefs and frequency of either, abates and 
takes off from the Obftrvationand Notice which 
wc owe them ; we gaze, and wonder at Comet Sy 
and their flaming beards, but feldom admire the 
Sun, a far more glorious Body, bccaufc he rifcs 
and fets every Morning and Evening upon the yfi 
and the hnjuji : Doit thou admire God m our pre- 
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fnvAtion, learn to admire him »« '/^'civ;;: Art 
thou furprized with wonder, that we were kept a 
few days, when there was not half an tmh be- ^ 
twcen us and Death ? ConfiJer, God has kept 
thee many (iay J, and many years, and every mt- ■ 
nmc ofthofc many days and years, when there was 
hut a hairs breadth hciwccn thee and Death: 
Doll thou then admire God prcferved us alive in i 
a Fejfel if Cloath ? Admire that God that held- 
eththy Soul in Life, and that in a more frail Vtf- 
fel, a Feffcl cf Clay ; Doll thou liill wonder wc 
we're not blown over with every b, eath of wind ? 
/.amirc alfo that the Lamp of thy Life which thou 
carrie(h« a paper Lanthorn, is not blown out h^ 
every blaft of Sickncfs : But if thou wilt ftill won- 
der how ftich a Boat fhould carry us f Then won- 
der alfo how thy Food nonnjhes thee , how thy 
Cloaths keep thee warm, how thy feep refre(hes 
thee : There's not a moment in our Lives but is nl- 
, led with re J Mtrach and Wonder. J will pratfe 
thee (fays the Pfahnill, Pfal. 139. H-) fo^ f 
nm fearfully and wonderfully made : Let US all 
praifcGod, (ot we are fearfully, and wonder f idly 
preferved. If Frefervation be but a Continued 
Creation, how (hould WC adorc that FoW'er that 
Created us once, but preferves US a'ways ! God 
expcds that wc fliould equally magnifie his skill 
In making us out of Nothi,.g, and fecuringus that 
wcdrop not mto Nothing : and as much admire 
hisgoodncfs, thsit VJC crumble t]ot , moulder not 
into our duj}, asfhat we were aifirft formed out 
cfduft. 4- Seil, 



The Preface. 
. 4. Sea. Let the Reader Learn from our SU- 
\ very, to prize, tindmovovc his own Liberty. If 
i wc fcrve not our Cod fmccrcly, and chearfully tn 
; plenty, he can fend us where we (hall fcrve our 
\ Enemies in want. If wc glorific him not With .;.■''• 

I Liberty, but turn it into Itcentioufnefs, he can r/.p 

II Hs up clofe, where wc fhall learn loprr^e it hiy ' ■■ ■■. 
: and wi(h we had improved it better. It arg^ic. 
i great dif ingenuity and bafenefs in our Spirits that 
\ we provoke our God to teach us the worth of 
! Mercies by the want of them : The Lord does not 

I willingly aptl, nor grieve th: Children of men, 
• I ,am. J . 3 3 . but wc provoke him to take his Rod 
i into his hand, and lay itfmanly upon our backs, 
i becaufc that Folly which is bound up in our hearts 
\ willnotothcrwifc bylalhtoutofus. Thus God 
\ thrcatnedhisPcopleofold, Z>f«r. :i8.48. B-r- 
I caufe thou fervedft not the Lord thy Cod with joy- 
1 fKlnefs and gladncfs of heart, for the abundance 
!| of all things, therefore flialt thou ftrve thine Ene- 
tr.ies, in hunger, thirjl, and n.;kcdiiefs, and tn the 
want of all t'hnigs. Thus he taught Jiidah by the 
Captivity ofBahylon,to prize the freedom of Cana- 
an ; we might learn our Duty much cheaper from 
Gods Word, but wc like Truants, Will not learn 
itri5)«r<r,till.Godfendsus to Schotlmlhz Rodat 
ourbackj. ■ 

5 .Sen-. Let all Learn from hence, in what flate 
foever the Providence of Cod jhull place them there- 
with to be content : Perhaps thou art a Servant to 



The Preface. 
a Chrijlian ; doft thou murmur ? It (hews, thou 
little knowcll; what it is to be a Slave to an tr, vc- 
riofu Turk. Thou Scrvcli: him that frr,ys w.th 
thee, and fur fhee-, doll thou repine /" Cjod might 
have made thee Serve one who would curfe t^iiid 
torture thee, and make httle Provifion for thy Bo- 
dy, and none at all for thy Soul : The ChriUian 
Religion is furcly the n.ojl excellent Religion in 
the World, bccaufc it iwlds theUallance jo even 
between Supenotirs, diid Inferiours : It cnjoyns 
the one to give the iiioft full Obedience, and yet 
prohibits the other to cxerctfe Rt^^our. It is pe- 
remptory for Duty-, and yet abhors T}ranf/y: 
whoever has known Turl^jh Slavery, is obliged 
to become a r.iore Loytil Suhjrll, a more Dutiful 
Child, a more faithful Servant; and whoever 
has not k>7own /f,is yet obliged to become all thcfe, 
lefl: God make himkncivh, and whip out of him 
that Rcfltjf fpirit of grumbling , and Difobedi- 
cncewith the briars, andThurns of the Wilder- 
nefs. 

God comrr.anded all Maftcrs amongT; the Jews 
to allow their Servants a day of Refl, Oeut. 5.14. 
and he gives this Reafon for it, RciKerrber that 
thou xvttji a Servant in the Land of E^ypt. The 
Equity of which Reafon holds ftrongcr for the 
Chrillian : Remember thou waft a Servant to the 
wor/l cf A^f afters, a Drudge <« the bafeftofwrkf, 
and lyable to receive the worfl if wa^es : Has 
Chriit fct thee free ? And art tihou become a Ser- 
vant to the bcjl cf Afaflcrs? Employed in the 

moll 



I The Preface. 

I mofl reafonable, and honourable Servicer ? And / 

p, in expc<flation of the r^oft dorioiu Rewardi .<' Let 

1 it teach thee if thou becll "a Af after, to com;nar,d 

; 1 gently; and if a Servant, to Obey chearfuliy. 

i 6. SeQ. Let all Learn to watz^worthy vf the 
A Ciofpcl. \X.\s\\\il\^\\\<:\\ (weetens allourrr.ercies, 
: ! and mitigates the bttternefs of all j6ftiill:ons ; and 
; I if we fin away that, we cither fin away all tie 
i'j reft, or whatever is itfefal, and dtfrable in all the 
'] reft. \i ■wc cn)oy the Li <^ht , and yet walk <>« 
1 darkncfs, it's righteous with God, to over-fprcad 
t\ our Habitations with Egyptian, or li.ibylonipj 
I Turkifl), or Poptfti darksiefs. God can carry us 
|,| to Rome, or Meters; or clfe fend Rome, and 
;] A'giers home to us .■ For what fliould a People do 
'■ with//';/;;, that onely intend to play, or fight hy 
it .' The once Famous Churches of Jfia, are now 
fwallowcd np by the Otion.an Smrd, and the 
Aiahtimedan unbelicj • and thofc fometimes Fa- 
mous Cities, Carthage, and Htppo^ which kncw 
,^1 thofe burning and fhining Lights, Cyprian, and. 
^Hgiiftine, are now poflcit with Moors, and de- 
filed with the Abominations of \\\care«teft Jr.-.^o- 
y?<?rthatcvcrfcduccd the Nations, hatOne. And 
thinkeft thou, A/an, O Chriflian, that do' ft 
thefe things, fo Alenfrom the Gofpcl of Chri i , 
that art drunk in the day. and curfeft that God 
Whom thou Worfhippcih that thou ftmlt tfcape 
the Judgment cf God? I tell thcc, nay; -and I 
tell all thofc that read thcfc lines, and arc guilty; 

and 



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The Preface. j 

ThcLofd Jcfus Chrift, in his Ep.ftlc to the . 
Churchof£p'.M givcshcrthisMcmoruU^... 
2 <. Rer.cmbcr therefore from whence thou an 
fallen, and Refe.t, a.d do thy firfl ^orh.orelfe 
J ^m come umo thee cj^akly, andremove thy Can- 
dUflUKont cf tts fUce, except thou Repent : But 
Ehefl would none of h. Counfd, none oi h^ 
ciJion; and Chrift was as good as his word he 
put out her Candle, znAremavedher C^ndlefttcK, 
1 have often wondred, what (hould be the grounds 
of their confidence, whofpcak as if the Cofpel 
were entailed iipon £ngla„d,hy vertuc oijowe An- 
cient Charter; as if God would make us f.vc.p- 
tionsfrom his General Rule, which iS totake away 
ahifd, defpifedmeans, andmercus,^nd^vcn^u.l 
owi muchof .cr.^g.n-.. .« o.r cafe-^ y^t.lctUS 
Re]oyce wabtrer^hng, \c'\ when Prophanene s, 
and Debauchery dogReligion fo clofe at the heels, 
fhe five not thither, where (he may find better 
Quarter : It has made great ImprcfTion upon me 
when I read the Divine Herbert , in his Church 
Militant ; 

' " Rcligionftands on Tip-toe in our Land, 
"•Ready to pafsto the American Strand; 
When height of Malice , and Prodigious 

. Impudent finning iWitchcrafts,andDiftruIls, 
;ij>. The 



The Preface. 
( The Marks of future bane ) fhall fill our 

Cup 
Unto the Brim, and make our Meafure 

up, &c. 

7. ScCi. Let it be every Mans care to he 
found in Gods way : The Promtfe of Proted^iorJ 
is annext to Gods way, Pfal. 91. 1 1. Be jhall 
give his Angels charge over thee to keep thee in 
all thy ways : And tlic Blcfling of God is annexe 
to his own way too, Pfal. 128. i. Blejfed is 
every one that feareth God, and walketh in hts 
ways. When we are over-taken with the evil 
of Affltilion, let the firft: Queftion we propound 
to our felves be this. Am I not in the way of 
Tranfgreffion? Did this c anger f\n(i me in my 
Duty f Was I in Gods High-way, or in fomc 
by path of my own ? Was I doing his wo>\ ? 
Serving bis Glory f If we obfcrve not the way 
of his Precepts, I know no Reafon we fhould 
plead the promtfe of his Protedion. There are 
two things upon which I look upon it as my 
great Duty to Reflc(ft ; firfl, whether we were 
$n the way of Gods Precepts when wc fell into 
our Enemies Hands / Secondly, whether we 
■were in the way of Gods Promife when wc efca- 
ped out of their Hands ? For the former, I am 
abundantly fatisfied, that we were m the way of 
our Duty ; for we were fent out by Commillion 
from the Right Honourable, Robert, Earl of 
Warwick,, the Lord 5<»;i, and the Lord ^rac^, 
B who 



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The Prepce. 
who by Patent from His Majcfly King Charlet 
the Firll, were Governors of the Ifle of Provi- 
deticcy whither we were bound : For the latter. 
If the more fevcrc Reader (liall make it a QncAi- 
on, Whether wc coiildin Faith expeli Protdiion 
tn an j^dvciiturc vifibly fo rap^ and prtccipitoiu} 
And Hiall determine itagainft us, that we tempted 
Cod by cafting our fclvcs upon extraordinary 
protcClion, cxpeding deliverance without war- 
rant, in a way little on this fde Miracle: Ifhall 
firJt fay, Let him fhun that Rock, in his own con- 
vcrfation, upon which he fuppofes tu to have 
d.ipt : Let our Ship-wrack be a Buoy to warn 
him of the like prcfur/jption^ and let him learn 
more W'fdor.t, at our Cofl and Charges. I (hall 
further fay, let him not difcover greater rafhnefs 
in Cenfuring our Adventurc,than he charges upon 
our yidventure^ but modcfily ccnfider hirifelf, 
Irfi he alfo be to-ptcd ; and if wc were guilty of 
folly, he may thus gain wifdom by our folly : 
But I fh-11 add, Extremity of Ahfery is none 
of thebefiCounfcllers; let him put himfelf un- 
der our Circumlknccs, and if CowaVdife did 
not hinder him from making our Attempt, I am 
confident Co;-/c»>?;cf would not: Our Lives were 
bitter to us by Reafon of cruel Bondage, and 
(though mine was at that time much mitigated) 
yet there is a fccret A^agnetifme in a Native 
Soil, with which our Hearts being once flron^ y 
toucht, could never admit of the leafl variation, 
but ffill pointed dircdly Homewards ; and fuch 



I The Preface. 

\ a Land too, ^swisUkc GoJJjen.aU Li^ht,\vhc:i 
n the Land of our Captivity was //^f £<;3^;^ both 
d (or Slavery, and Dark;nfs, that lAtboth be 
I ! Jell ; and wc thoui^ht it below Men, Un the love 
-J r/ Lijc, to \ok (be Keajiinj of our Ltvo, ht > 

f ^11 may have 

: Qfthey dare try)x Glorious Life, or Crave, 

■ Herb.Ch. Porch. 

' In a word, though Succefs will not warrant 
an evil Mlton. ycr there's much of Jiijlifcatt- 

, ; on in it, on the behalf of thofe which arc not fo ; 

' nor did wc tempt God to work Miracles, but 
trnfledhim to afford US fpccial protection: But 

,, if this will not fatisfic, let none imitate us where-- 

'. in we failed, but rather admire Divine Conde- 

il fcenfion, that engaged in our Deliverance, r.at- 

I withftandtng our failing. 

'! 8. SeU:. Let all that Read this Narrative be 
■' Intruded never to promtfe thc»^felvcs <?reat mat- 
^ tersfrom Men : I have obfcrvcd it in" the whale 
\ Coitrfe of our Captivity, and conitant Tenour of 
j: thofe gracious Providences which brought us 
I thence, and the Scries of Mercy, Wifdom, and 
I Power, that was our Convoy Home, that we 
I ever found /»<?/? of Favour from God when we 
\ expcaed leafifrom Men : and the ieafi of kind- 
; nefs from thofe where wc might, or thought we, 
, j might in Reafon have prom'ifed our feives mojL 
i B i When 



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The Preface. 
When we met with itnexfeaed Friend^nf, GoA 
would teach us to own H,mfelf. V Vhen wc 
mci\v\i\id,f-^ffointmnt, God would teach us 
the folly of IdoUung the Creature : I have fcri- 
oufly admired the Compaflion and Relief wc 
found at Mayoyk., and yet wc knew them to be 
Romamfls, and they knew US to be ?rotefia>ns, 
and how little rcfpcd we found from/cwf ot our 
own Countrcy, at Meant, Cadiz., and St. Lti- 
c.irj, and yet we were tycd together in the (tridt- 
eft triple bonds of Vn Dieii, Vn Roy, VnLey, 
0)ic God, One Kin?, One Law : But God \yas 
fceninboth. I could Relate a Paflage during 
our Captivity in Jlt^ten, that had more of bit- 
tcrncfs in it, than in all cur Slavery; and yet 
t\\cy wcic Chtifttans, not Jl^crines; ?rote- 
flants, not?aptfis; Engltjhmen, not Strany^crj, 
that were the caufe of it : But I have put a force 
upon my felf, and am refolved not to publifh it. 
In our Return homewards, we met withfomc 
who would calk to the grief of thofe whom God 
had\voiinded;znd was now in 4 rvay to heal again 
Some would Jnterpretatively (ay, with the Churl- 
i{h Nabal, I Sam. 25.10. Who are thefe ? 
And whence come they ? There are many Ser- 
vants now adays that break away. every one from 
hu Mafter. But then was the feafon when we 
had moft Experience of Gods Faithfulnefs : And I 
fliall never ccafc to own before the world the 
. great Refpeft we found from fome Engli^} Mer- 
^ chants, to whom we were perfect Strangers; and 



The Preface. 
the Civiliiics of Captain Coodfun,Ca^ta\n Smithy 
\iiT, Mate, and his Son, are not to be forgot- 
ten. 

Perhaps , after all this, the Reader will be 
earneft to be fatisficd, why this Narrative has 
lien fo long Dormant, and appeared no fooner 
in the World? And I fhall herein alfo endeavour to 
give him all Reafonable SatPsfaUton. 

1. When we return'd into England, we 
found our Native Countrcy embroy led in a moH 
dreadful Civil War, and moft Men had enough 
to do, to bear their own Perfonal Calamities, 
and had little need to be troubled with the mifs- 
ries of others ; they were other kind of Decla- 
rations that flew abroad then, and that was c- 
nough to fupcr fede a Narrative of this Natnre, 
for fome Years. 

2. Hhz great mercies of Cod\iavz not always 
their ^«f Wf/V/;: upon our hearts at firfi; and I 
have received fignal Deliverances from eminent 
dangers fincc 'that great one ; and it's well if all 
the mercies of our Lives , all our Deliverances 
p/it^together, will amount to an Argument ftrong 
enough to overcome our backwardnefs to make 
pitbltek^ack/'owledgments. 

3 . 1 thought a long while that it was not worth 
the while, to trouble the World with my par- 
ticular concerns, till the Importunity of /jwr^/ 
Minifters, and others, both in City and Coun- 
trcy, overcame my reluftancy, in whofe Rea- 
fonsldidacquicfcc. 

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The rrcf.ice. 

4. Ivas confcious to my fclf of great unfit- 
vc[s to recommend it to publick view, in fuch 
a garb as might vindicate it from Connn-.p \ for 
though it has been drawn out many Years im^ 
Ti-y own hand, and many have had the pernj^iloi 
it, h2\'C approved It, and de fired it. ; yet till I 
could prevail with a Friend to teach it to fpe.ik^ a 
little better En^Ujli, I could not be pcrfwadcd to 
\ct[twalk.abrcad: The Stujf andnmur is my 
own, t\\<:Trinirr)in7 and Form w another s, for 
whom I muft vouch, that he has done the Truth, 
piy felf, 'Wd the Reader, jitflice, ■ 

Having overcome all thefc difficulties, I do 
here EriU ny Ebcncur, as ^i (rr.idl MoniP'tcnt 
of q^rcat Mercy, and us an Obligation upon my 
,Soul to gre.n Duty, and do pray that it may 
lland as an AouUu^r n-itiiefs for God in rriy Ccn- 
fcicr.cc ; that when ever lam tempted to fin, I 
may have an Anfwer ready to flop the mouth of 
the Tempter with Indignation : How cm I do 
this Z_reat evi', and Jin ,!gainjl my good God} 
When I am tempted to diftruft, I may encou- 
rage my Faith -from my own Narrative, fayi-ig, 
Remenibcr that God who delivered thee at the Sea: 
when I am tempted to murmur, I may fupprefs 
thofe mutinous thoughts from my own Narra- 
tive, faying, Remember what that enduredfl in 
Algiers. When my Heart grows cold, and 
unthankful , I may chide , and fhame it, from 
my own Narrative, into gratitude to God^ That 
God, Vfho rfmcmf>rtd tu tn oftr Ivvf EJfate ; for 



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The Preface, 
hii mercy cnditreth for ever! who prefcrved us 
it the Sea, the Great Sea; for his mercy eudu' 
reth for ever ! and fecured us in a Boat, a Con- 
tempt tble Boat, for his mercy enditrethfor ever I 
who gave us favour in the Eyes of Strangers , 
for hts mercy endureth for ever ! and opened to 
US the hearts of Enemies ; for his mercy endureth 
for ever ! and taught us to look up to his never 
failing Mercy, when Friends fatted, for his mer' 
cy endureth for ever ! who returned us fafe to 
England, for his mercy endureth for ever I WC 
called upon him tn the day of our Trouble^ hs 
delivered tu, and we willglorife him. 
^ Reader, this Narrative is true, pcrufc it fc- 
rioufly, and let not Vanity tempt thee to fay, 
Things might have been better contrived, wife- 
Her managed; it was God that did what was 
Good in All; call not his wifdom in Queftion, 
bccaufehe did not create more wonders tograti- 
fic thy itching Humour ; perhaps thou wouldfl 
have had us been brought over upon * Floating 
Jfland, or in a Whales Belly, but I do not under- 
ftand that the great God is bound to work Mi- 
racles to fave mens longings : God has done his 
work well, and none can mend it ; for, what 
can the man do that comes after the King ? Eccl. 
2. 12. For the matter of FaH Recorded herein, 
I might fafely call God to Record upon my Soul 
that I lye not : The thing is known to many, and 
has been fiftcd , and fcann'd by fuch Eyes and 
Ears as are not guilty of eafie Credulity; I have 
B 4 Evi- 



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The Preface. 
Evidence that may ftorm the moll obftinatc un- 
belief: Mr, Thomas Saunders, my Wife's Bro- 
ther, being in Alayorl^not long after we came 
from thence, faw our Boat hang up/^r a Mo.ik. 
went upon the fide of the great Church there. 
Mr. Robert Hales, who was there 1671. aflurcs 
me he faw the naked Ribs and Skeleton of ir th-n 
hanging in the fame place : Now, I afTure thcc, 
Reader, I ihouldbe much afhamed of my fcif, 
if Strangers unconcerned in my P^rfonal Deli- 
verances, fliould be ftifar concerned as to prq- 
fervc a Memorial of them, and yet itnihankfnl 
I Hiouid Erecft no Standard or Pillar as an Evi- 
dence of Gods wonderful appearing for me. 

It's true, I am informed by one, that fome 
affirm, there are more Boats hanging up in 
Jllayork, in Memory of forr.efuch like efcape : 
Now, if others have rf<?//yf/c(j/;f^ the fame dan- 
ger, by the fame means, it greatly confirms our 
Narrative ; and I do hcartily"rejoycc, that Pro- 
vidence has appeared in the fame A-icthod for 
others, as for our felves : we never intended to 
Monopolize Gods Providences to our fole itfe o- 
behoof; and we rcjoyce if our Attempt and Suc- 
cefs may have encouraged others to make the 
like atter,ipt, and have found the hkefuccefs ; but 
I do aflert it with great confidence, that when 
%ve were in Afayork, there was no fuch Boat 
hanging up, but the Inhabitants there <«/rrr<?»wf<i 
our Deliverance as fuch whereof they had no 
fara/ht : But if on the oth^r fide , thefe , or 

fome 



The Preface. 
fome of thdc fucceeding Boats were but Tr>:po- 
Jliire, then the gooJncfs of God appears >7:ore 
rcma/Kabte towards us, that we really were the 
Subje(f^s of fuch wonder, which others durft 
onely pretend to ; and it fcts a lul^c upon this 
great Sa.vation, which others have thought /o 
confdtrabh, that they judged it worth the while 
to tell a lye to entitle thcmfelves to the Credit of 
it; {ot it's Cold and Silver, not Copper, or bafer 
Metals,i\\^i they who drive the Coyning Trade, 
ftrive to Counterfeit. 

Let then every one that Reads , underftandy 
and ferioufly fit down, and confider with him- 
felf, whether he has not had many eminent Per- 
' fonal Deliverances in one kind or other, which 
this Marvellous Providence of God towards us 
may not rcfrefh his memory withal ; and if he 
fhail hence be taught to blufh at his forgctfuincfs 
of lapfed Mercies ; if this Narrative lliali recover 
any loft Providences, and fix them on, and rivet 
into his Soul ; if he (hall find himfclf awakened 
toduethankfulnefsto God for all his benefits to- 
wards him ; let him joyn with me in afcribing all 
the Power, and therefore all the Glory, to the 
Alniighty, and let him kindly Accept the Afli- 
ftanceof him, who fliall reckon it amongft his 
other Mercies,* to have teen Serviceable to any 
one in Reviving a better frame of Heart. I 
am, 

■ . Reader, 

Thy Friend and Servant, 

W. Okcley. 



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sEcr. I. 

J Brief JcroH/it ofthofe rrovidcncej 

which led torpurds our Captivity 

in Algiers. 

TH I S Narrative would be too Uappy 
if it fhould not meet with fonlc hajiy 
undimfatient Spirits, that grudge the 
time that's fpent in Preface and Introdftitioni 
and fuch as thefe, are wild to come at the Story 
f the Boat ; all the reft is but one great tedious 
^pertinency, they'lc not give a Figg for all the 
* Other. 



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other. 1 fhall make never the more hafT: for un- 
reafonablc Importunity j but the Remedy is in 
their own hands, they may turn over a few 
leaves, and meet with it in it's proper place, if 
they fit upon Thorns. But to the more judici- 
ous and conrideratc,it will be acceptable to know 
\\OVf our Foot Wds taken in the Snare, as well as 
how the Snare was broks", ^ndwe delivered. 

In the Moncth oi Jitne, in the Year of Our 
Lord One Thoufand, Six Hundred Thirty and 
Nine, in purfuance of a Commiflion from the 
Right Honourable, the Earl of Wamick.-, the 
Lord Say, and the Lord Brook^. we took Ship 
at Grave fend, in the Mary of London, carry- 
ing fix Guns, Mr. Boarder being Mailer, and 
James Walker the Mafters Mate ; the Ship was 
chiefly Laden with Linncn and Woollen Cloath, 
having in her. Seamen and PaiTengers, above 
fixty, bound for the Ific of Provtdcnce in the 
Weft- Indies. Five wcek,s we lay in the Downs, 
whhing, and waiting for a Wind, and then we 
fet Sail, and came to an Anchor near the Ijle of 
m^ht ; but by this time all our Beer in the Ship 
ftunk,and we were forced to throw it over board, 
and to take in Vinegar to mix with Water tor 
our Voyage. The next Lords Day we fet Sail 
again, and coming between the Wand and the 
Main Land, we ftuck faft in the Sands, but the 
Tide coming in, hove us off. Thele Circum- 
ftances fecm very inconfiderable to thofc that 
were no: concerned in the Products of them; 

but 



Of Great Mercy. 3 

but God has given us the Advantage and Icifure 
to fee what^rr., thsn^s were in the Womb ot 
thefe little tLgs. Had the Wmd flood /.^j^.r 
againllus, it had been r..r./.r ;«, and the dan- 
ger had been faft ; had it ftood lefs Me againll 
us, it had been^r h* too, and we had been 
oone pa[i the danger : But God appoints it the 
Moment when it Oiould come about to blow us 
into the Mouths of our Enemies : We fee the 
Truth of that, Te know not what to pray for : 
We prayed for a Wind, and we h^d a Whirl- 
wind: If we always knew what mifchicf the 
Anfwerof our Prayers would do us, we ihould 
be glad to eat our words, and pray againft our 
Prayers. Denyal is often the bcft Aniwcr, and 
we had need leave all Petitions to the wifdom ot 
God to be Interpreted , according to his good 
pleafure, and returned as they may be good tor 
us, and make moft for his own Glory : wc 
werealfo taught, that the Sea may fometimcs 
be our beft Friend, and the Earth our worit L- 
ncmy ; and that nothing can do lu good ox hurt 
bntby the Dncihonand CoMWiJfion of the JlL- 

mfhty. ■ " ^„j 

We were now thee- Ships in Company, ana 
one of the other I remember carried Nine Guns, 
Mr. Church, Mailer. The fixth day after our 
fettingSail fromthl J Jle of Wight, hyhrc^koi 
Day in the Morning, we difcovcred three Ships 
about three or four Leagues to Lee-ward : The 
Maftcrsof onr §hips prefcrtly confuitcd, what 



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if. A Small Aioni'.mcnt 

was mod advifeablc ; whether to itay and fpcak 
with them, or to make the belt of our way ; 
atlall ( upon what Rcafons I know not ) it was 
determined that wc fliould ftay : It was not long 
before wc Difcovcred thofc other three Ships to 
be Turks Men of War, who cfpying their prey, 
endeavoured to come up with us, which about 
Night they efTcded : Whilll they were com- 
ing up, the Mafters of our Ships fecmcd rcfolv- 
cd to Fight them, and accordingly made prepa- 
ration to receive them; but in the Night, the 
Mafter and Company of the Ship wherein I was, 
altered their Counfcis, let their Kcfolutions uyf, 
and agreed to run for it; uncertain Ci.tiij '■Is ne- 
ver prodnce better fuccefs ; when we might h?.vc 
gone, then wc would //^^; and when there was 
jio way to efcape, then we mull needs -itter^pr it : 
Had we either at firft refolvcd ?iot to fi^ht them, 
or refolving to Fight, h^d p)afeauc/'c::r Rcfo- 
lutions like men of Courage, wc might, per- 
haps, cither have av^ydcd th: duu<rcr^ or h, avc- 
ly Mitfier'd it. The Turks perceiving us be- 
gin to run, fcntonc of their Number to Chafe 
us, whilit their other two attended the remain- 
ing two of our Company till the Morning. At 
break of Day they began to Fight us, and after 
a fhort Difpute Boarded us,and took us all three: 
In the Mary, fix were flain,and many wounded ; 
fo final! was the difference between Flight and 
Fight ; but that the Death and Wounds of tbofe 
that Jlye ,_ arc difhonourabic j but of them 

tbM 



Of Great Mercy. g 

that Fight, beautiful, and Glorious. _ 

Many weeks they kept us clofc Prifoners at 
Sea; wefoundmany £«<;/'y?^»'"« in their Ships, 
Slaves, like our felves, from whom we had no 
other Comfort, but the Condoling of each o- 
thcrs Mifcrics, and that from them wc learnt 
a fmattering of the Common Language, which 
would be of fomc ufc to us when we (hould 
come to Algiers, whither ,after five or fix weeks, 
wc were brought. 



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A StriAll Monnnttnt 



SECT. II. 



T/jf Dcfcriptioij of Algiers , with their 
Alaftncr of Buying , and Selling 
Slaves. 



ALgitr Is a City very pleafantly Scituatcd 
on the fide of the Hills, over-looking the 
Mediterranean, which lyes North of it ^ and it 
lifts up it's proud Head fo Impcrioufly, as if it 
Challenged a Sovereignty over thofe Seas, and 
cxpc<fted Tribute from all that fhall look within 
the Streights. It lyes in the -i^oih. Degree of 
Longitude, and hath foinewhar Icfs than 35 
Degrees of North Latitude : The City is con- 
fidcrably large , the Walls being above three 
miles in Compafs , beautified and ilrcngthncd 
with five Gates : Tort-A4ari>ie tov/ards the 
North, and Vvn Ptfcadorc not far from thence, 
and PorU Nova towards the South ; built, as 
they Report, by the Spaniard^ whilft itwasin 
their PofTcfllon: The Weil: Gate, which they 
call Bnbawite, and the Eaftcrn Gate, which in 
their Tongue is called Bub.iz.oon : They have 
alfo fcveral ftrong Caftlcs befides that upon the 
pointof the Mole, fothat the Town is judged 
impregnable. The City is Built vcryftately, 
antl yet more ftrong than (lately j and more 
Famous 



Of Great Mercy. 7 

Famous than ftrong, but not more Famous for 
any thing than for infamy, being the Retreat, the 
Nell of thofe Tmkjjli Corfairs, which have long 
Tyrannized in, and been a Terror to the Neigh- 
bouring Seas. It is fuppofcd by fomc to con- 
tain four thoufand Families, by others, four- 
fcour thoufand Ferfons ^ but they mull needs be 
very fliort in their Reckoning, it having been 
Judged, that of all Nations there could be (jo !cfs 
than twenty five thoufand Sluves. The Private 
Buildings arc very beautiful, flat Roofd, Ador- 
ned with Galleries towards their Courts, fup- 
ported by Pillars •• And they may afford to build 
fiiinptuoufly, bccaufe they build at other mens 
coll, and with other mens hands : Their Tem- 
ples are alfo very Magnincent , and much too 
good for their Religion, whofe Pradice and 
Converfation fpeaks them to fay, 'Ihcrc is no 
God. And yet wc Read of a Kelij^ions Thief, 
who never went about the worl^j of hif c^t/linjr 
C for fo he called /?f.r/;w^) but he would fulcryinly 
implore the Ajfiftdnce of his Idol : ;\ {Irange 
god, fure; that would be acceflary to his De- 
voto's Robberies: And a firange Worfliipper, 
that either hoped to Flatter bis god to become his 
accomplice in Villany, withtheVowof agood 
round fliare of the Booty, or would be fuch a 
Fool, to think That God worth the Worfhip- 
ping that fhould be thus flattcr'd. They have al- 
io many (lately Baths, to which the Men refort 
in the Morning, and the Women in the After 



8 A Small Monument 

noon. But they want oncyworth them (ill, where- 
in they might by Faith and Repentance wa(h 
awayilk'r hlthincfs. 

To this /Mr City wc were brought, yet ia 
our Eyes it was mofl: «?/)' and deformed ; for 
the French Proverb is univerfally true, 11 n'y a 
pofnt de bel Prtz.on. There it no fuch thing oi a. 
fair Prifon. I confefs, for a God, it's one of 
the btft butlt that I have feen ; there's nothing 
that the Soul of Man bears with more regret 
than Reftraint : The Body it felf is judged by 
fomc to be but the Souls little-eafe, or Cage ; 
where though it feems to Dwelt, yet 'tis but in 
HonoHTtibte Durance ; and though it dares no? 
brc.ik^the Prifon, yet it liftens, and longs for 
a CouUeUvcry : There can be nothing large 
enough for a Soul but God, from whom fincc 
it once at frjl came, it muft needs be reiilefs 
till it rctnrn to bim again; and furely it has much 
forgot it felf, and cxtrad, if it can take up with 
fatisfadion in any thing on thtsfdc its Crea- 
tor. 

As foon as wc were put afhore, for the firft 
Night we were Uckiddoxvn in a deep nafty Cellat ; 
fomc inconveniences wc/(f/f,but they were no- 
thing to what we/^rf^: The next day we were 
carried, or led, or rather driven to the Vice- 
Roys, or Bafhaw s Palace , who according to 
theCuftome, and his own Right, is to have the 
tenth man for his Dividend of the Slaves. 

When the next Market day came, we were 
driven 



Of Great Mercy. g 

ariven Itkr />c.j/ls thither, and cxpofcd to Sale • 
and there is a great deal of God's goodncfsin 
thut one word, tliat it was not to the Slaughter- 
hotifc to be Butcher' d, 2S \v cW as to r.\\c A f arks t 
to be SoU. Their Cruelty is great, but their 
Covttoiifncfs exceeds their Cruelty ; could they 
|) make as much of us Dead, as they make altvey 
\ that fo both the Interefls , of Cruelty, and of 
Covet oiifnefs might he. fe cured and rcconctledy 
we are well affured which way it fhould have 
gone with us. But it muft be a great deal of 
J'allow and Fat, that will anfwer/ivo or three 
Dollar} a Afoneth. 

Their manner of Selling Slaves is this. They 
lead them up and down the Fair, or Market ; 
and when a Chapman bids any money, they 
prefently ciy,a-Rache ! a R ache ! that is. Here's 
fo rr.uch money bidden, who bids n.ore ? They 
that cheapen the cxpofcd Slaves arc very cn- 
citiifpeil Perfons, they carry their tyes in their 
Heads, as well as their mony tn their Piirfes, 
and ufethe one in laying out ^o. other; for they 
are loth to buy a Pig in a poke : Their firft Po- 
licy is to look-in their months ; and a good,lirong, 
entire fet of Grinders will advance the Price con- 
fiderably; ani they have good Rcafon for this 
Pradice : for firft, they are Rational Creatures, 
and know, that they who have not Teeth, can- 
not <•-«/; andthcy that cannot eat^ camot n>or k,; 
and ihzythit cannot work., ate not for their turn; 
and they that arc not/or their turn, are not for 
') C z their 
J 



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■jo . j4 Small Moniment 

their money. And SccondIy,thcy intend to keep 
them dt hard meat M the Year, and it mull not 
he ^itKS, but folid Teeth (nay, ifitwcrcpof- 
fiblc, cafe'lMrJeii'd Teeth) that muft chew it ', 
and when all is done, they had need of the 0- 
Jiriches Stomach to digcft it. Their next pro- 
ccfs is to feel their Lin.bs ; QS whether there be 
any frail itre, or Difloctttion in the Bones j any 
thing Analogical to Spavin, or Ri>{^-honc, for 
thcfc will bringdown the Market wonderfully : 
And to be clean Limb'd, clofe coupled, well joynt- 
ed, will advance it m much. The yi^^e if very 
confidcrable ; but they that fell them, did not 
breed them, and therefore they know nothing, 
morcorlefs of that: Two ways they lave to 
find out the Age ; the one is, to ihnd to the 
courtefic of the Slaves, but they are not bound 
to make any fuch Difcovery, and therefore they 
go by general conic(nures from the Beard , 
Face, or Hair; but a goodfct ef Teeth will 
make any one ten Tears Toiin^er, and a broken 
one ten Years Older than the Truth; for if they 
were: five hundred Tfnrs OWall is a cife, if they 
could but eat and work^; or if they could not eat, 
yet if they could but work, or if neither eat nor 
work^, iftheirS/ywj would but/''rc^»« the mo- 
ney again. You fhall have the Seller commend 
his Goods to the Sky, and the Buyer, on the 
other hand, as much vndervalne them, and the 
true Market-price commonly lies juft between 
them; but fo it is all the World over. 0,fays 

the 



^.iC— :, :- ■ ■ ■- - ■ ■■- 

Of great Mercy. 1 1, 

the Seller, mark what a b.uk^he has, what. 
breadth he bears between the fhouldcrs ! What 
a Che II ! How jlrong fet ! How fitted on the 
nonet for Burdens I Hc'le dobut e'nc too r>:uch 
worki PiHi, fays the Buyer, He looks like <z 
Ptllard, like a very Meacock, at his Provender , 
and one that fcems to be furfcitcd. But t'ncy 
are very curious tn examining the Hands; for 
if they be callous and brawny, they will fhrewd- 
ly guefs they have been mured to Labour ; if de- 
licate, and tender., they will fufpecfl feme CV;;- 
tleman, or Merchant, and then the hopes of <i 
good Price of Redemption makes him Sale- 
able. 

When any arc Sold , they muft be trotted 
or.ce more to the Vice-Roys, that he may have 
the Review of them, and if he likes any of them 
at the prizes they went off at, there's no more 
Difpute, they are his own. 

As for my fclf, I was Sold the firfl: Market- 
day to a Tagareen ; and that the Reader may 
not flumblc at that hard word, he mayunder- 
iland ; That when the Aioors were driven out of 
Spiiin by Ferdinand the Great, they, upon their 
return into Africa, affumed Names that might 
Argue Gentility , and be an Evidence of their 
.Ancient Extrafl, from fuch places where they 
had hcengreat Dons, and accordingly there are 
many Families thus denominated ; as Tagarecns, 
Jarbeens, &c. 



C 3 



SECT. 



I 



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A Small Monumtnt 



SECT. III. 

An Account of foiiie Difficulties that I met 
rvith during mj Captnntj in Algiers. 

THofe Miferics which it is dreadful to endure, 
are yet delightful to be remcwbrcd-^ and 
there's a fccrct picafurc to chew the Cud, and 
ruminate upon efcafcd d/tn^trs : However, the 
Reader may afford to run over with his Eye tn 
an hoitr^ that which I ran through tn five Tears ; 
and fuppofing himfelf fafe upon the Amphithea- 
tre, may behold poor Slaves Corr.hatina with 
hcafii below. 

The firft Adventure I met with after I was 
brought to my Patrons Houfc ( for fo I mull: 
now ilile him) had well nigh cort: me my Life. 
My Patron's Father being ddirous to fee his Sons 
Penny-worth, commanded me up into a Gallery, 
which looked into the Court j he began to in- 
fuk over me with infupportabiefcorn, refleifting 
upon me bccaufe I was a Qhrtftian, and cart: out 
fome Exprcflions which did really reflet upon 
the Perfon of my Redeemer, (though I have 
heard worfejince.') My Neckjwas notyet bowed, 
nor my Heart broksn to the Tok.e of Bondage ; 
I couJd not well brook., becaufe I had not been 
pfed ttatn to fych Language j and becaufe I could 

not 



Of Great Mercy. 1 3 

not ci'prcfsmy fclf in//)e Aiorefco, ox Lingua. 
Franc, I fupplycd it with Signs ; and imitating 
the Coblers Tarkc, I fignifiedboth ways as well 
&S I could, That their Prophet was but a Cablcr. 
I confcfs, my meaning was no more, but that 
Mahomet, by the hclpof 5f/-^//«, a Neflortan 
Monk^, and Abdalla the Jew, had patch'd up a 
Cento of Jewijlt, and A/onkip) Foppertes,\vhich 
was now their Religion. But he, without the 
preamble of many Ratling words, fell upon me 
with fevere blows; what ever Rage and Fury 
hts Hands or Feet could Execute, that I felt ; 
and my intreaties did but inrage his cholcr, fo 
:hat 1 faw I might fooner blow out the Ftrc with a 
pair of bellows, than lenifie his Paffion with pray' 
crs; I had no Other way but this, to make an of- 
fer of leaping down out of the Gallery into the 
Court, and therefore clapping my Hands upon 
the Rails, as if I would throw my felf head-long 
down over them , and rather chufe to receive 
my Death from r/)e Vaverr.ent, than/;w Hands, 
heprefently affwages, \{not hi^ R<*zc-, yctr^e 
Execution of it. The Old Gentleman knew ve- 
ry well, that if I loft my Life, his Son muft lofe 
hts prefent money, and /«r«rf profit; ior there's 
little made out of a Dead Mans Skin : and there- 
fore he refpites my further punifhment till my 
Patron's return , and then indeed this reputed 
blafphemy of mine with full cry was carried to 
his Ears, and it loft nothing in the telling, but 
was aggravated to purpofe: My Patron being 
C 4 Naturally 



I ^ A Small Monument 

Naturally a very pafTionatc Ntan, faid nothing, 
but witl.out Exaniination,drc\v out bts lonf kjujc, 
( which they conlhntly wear by their fides ) and 
made at inc ; and had there doubtlcfs put ..n end 
to my life and Cuptivity rj oncc^ had not his wife, 
who was there feafonably prcfent, taken him in 
her Arms, and fwectcn'cl him into more mode- 
rate counfcls. Some will be ready enough to 
fay that I was but a A'inrtyr to my own Folly ; 
This was not a place for Difpitte^ but Obedience. 
Well, I learnrfrom hence twoLcfTons : One, 
That irhenihcB'Jciyif aSltive, the Renfon n.uFl 
vot exfefi to be Free ; and where the whole out- 
w.ird M^:n is in Bondage, the Tovgue mnfi: not 
^icad Exemption. A Second , That it's fair 
for Slaves to enjoy the freedom of their own Cot,- 
fcietxesy without Reviling another s Religion,, 
though erroneous; and this wit I bought, as it 
fell out, it pretty good Penny-worth. 

When the Storm was ovef, my Employment 
was afTigned mc ( for they had rather fee a Slave 
deadihnn Idle) and forabouthalf a Year it lay 
in trudging en Errands, bearing Burdens, and 
difcharging other domcftick Services at Com- 
mand, wherein the oncly confideration was, thiU 
it wat commanded, and notWh.it wa^ comman- 
ded. 

At this time my Patron had /« part in a A fan 

'of War, which carried twelve Guns/ She being 

at Sea ( with fome others of the fame place ) 

met with an EnfUfh Merchant , Li{den with 

•• . Plate, 



Of Great Mercy. 15 

Plate, and other Rich Commodities from 5f ^ 
and Bound for London, ( one Jfaac being Ata- 
jler.,) and after a very j/jrfr^, though //;(/rr<!'»/^ 
piite, the yllgennes carried her, and brought 
her fafc home. The Adventurers divide their 
Booty, and being high flown with thisfuccefs , 
they Kefolvc to ht her out again to carry more 
Guns ; and from hence grew r>:y new Employ- 
ment. Upon the Ciirpcnterjlattcndcd, waited 
on the Smiths, to get the Iron- work fitted, and 
finilhcd; and truly he allowed mc more for Por- 
tage than to the ordinary Han.mcls, or Common 
Porters. 

When this Ship was now fitted for another 
Adventure, my Patron tells me, 1 muj} go in 
her ; it was a nipping word : I pleaded, that I 
was no Sea-man , underftood nothing of the 
Mariners Art, and therefore as he could expe(ft 
little Service from r>.e in that kind, fo I mull 
cxpcCi mofi rigorous treatment, becaufe I could 
not acquit my A If in the Service as well as others; 
he removed iny Pleas, and promifed I (hould 
not be wronged ; but there was more at the bot- 
tom than all "this : For here a cafe of Confcicncc 
offered it felf, Whether 1 might without /in in 
any cafe fight again/} Chrifltans, on the Port of 
the common Enemy of all Chriflianity ? The bell 
Refolution I could give my felf, was this ; that 
firJl, my employment would oncly lye m man- 
aging the T.iciVf, which will kill no body ; but it 
was rcplycd,that without the due rr.anagement of 

the 



16 A Small MoKiment 

iheT.:ckle, all the Guns in the Ship would kill 
nobody: Secondly, therefore! anlwcicd, That 
it was not evident that they would engage againft 
Chrifbans more than all the reft of Afi'f'kind , 
for all the World are their Enemies, who arc 
JRtch enough to invite thew^und too weak^to reffl 
them ; but my Patron had a fobaion worth all 
thefe : He told me peremptorily, / «i«/?, and 
fijouldgo ; I found my felf under force, I was a 
Prefft Aian : who could not examine thejuflice 
ef the Caufe, In a word, his Commands were 
back'd with Compulfion, and whatever his An. 
thority was, he had more power than 1 had Con- 
race to d:ny, or ftrength to refijl -^ and go I did. 
Yet fhis I will fay for him ; he fpokc to the Cap- 
tain r.i 1 Officers of the Ship, to treat me civtly, 
that is, lefs cruelly thnn other Slaves were treated: 
He gave me feme money alfo in my Pocket, 
bought mc Cloaths, and laid me in Provifion 
above the Ships allowance. 

Nine weeks we were at Sea, within, and with- 
out the Streights, Cruifing, and Pickarooning 
up and down, at (aft we met with one poor Hun- 
garian French Man of War, whom we took, 
and fo returned. 

My Patron having been at great charges in 
fitting, and manning out this Snip, andithe He- 
frifals fo flenderly Anfwering his great coft, and 
greater hopes, told mc, I mull allow him two 
Dolcrs per r/ioaethy and Live afhorc where I 
wouW, and get it where I could. This was a 

hard 



Of Great Mercy. jj 

hardch.ifter. That he that cou'd not maintain 
htmfelf, fhould be compelled to contribute to 
the maintenance of *?«of^fr; it was difficult /<» 
ratfe tncreafe OMtoi no flock^, and to pay Interefl 
out of no rrinipal ; but there was no contend- 
ing .• It coft me much debate with my felf, and 
I turn d my thoughts into all forms and [hapes, 
but all projcds that prefented thcmfclves were 
incumbred with fo many diffciilttcs, that they 
amounted v^ry near to trrjpofjibtitties. The more 
Iconfidted, the further I found my felf from « 
concliifion,ur\d I could fee no way but one, (but 
that was worth a thoufand, could I have made 
thebc/l of it,) andzhatwdiS to commit my felf to 
Cod, who had brought mc into this flrait, be- 
fceching him that he would bring rr.c out of tt. 

But that my trufling to God might not be a 
clo.',k_for La-Ltncf, or a Pillow for Sloath to red 
upon,I addrcd my felf to an Englijh-man,w\\otQ, 
condition was that of a SLive , whofe Calling 
was that of a T.iylor.Uc at firft word counfcllcd 
me to come and ftay with him, and he would 
teach me to work of his Trade, I accounted 
nothing ba/e that was honcft, and neceffity would 
ennoble afar meaner Employment , and very rea- 
dily clofed in my thoughts with his motion, and 
was fuddenly elevated into huge hopes that I 
fhould now be in a capacity to Anfwer my Pa- 
tron's demands, and efcape his lafli. But my 
flraits were not ( it fecms ) great enough to 
gloj-ific God j nor my condition mean enough to 

mag- 



H: 



18 J Small Moimmnt 

ma^^ninc his Power in raifing mc ; I \yas not re- 
duccdto Ih^it Extrcn-.uy which would make an 
Oppartumtyto exalt his appearing Mercy ; tor 
when I came to him the next day, 1 perceived 
by his filencc that his Mind was changed, and I 
was loth, enhcr out of Modejly, or Pndc, to 
give him further trouble ^ and therefore Inter- 
preting his StUnce to be 4 more Civd way of de- 
nyal, 1 left him, and once more Laimcbcdout 
into the wide World. 

In this forlorn Pofture 1 wandred, but neither 
k»exv, nor n„ich caredxvhuher ; though the wife 
God both ^«c,v, andcared; and his Providence 
Dircrtcd mcto another Enfhjh-»>.:>,, who was 
fitting in .. hnle Shop : He asked mc what News? 
And ( as that which is uppcrmolt always comes 
out firlt) I prefcntly began the Story of my 
defpcratc Condition i how the Rigid Law ot 
my Patron ha^ impofcd tm JhlUnper Aoucth 
Jon me, and I knew not where to levy ihcleajl 
Mite of n: He heard, conf.dered, htycdmy 
Condition, and invited mc to come and lit in 
the Shop with him •, but feeing nothing but bare 
Walls, I asked him, to wb.^t End? What 
Trade (hould we drive there ? There's not much 
difference between //f>-^»«i »" the Streets and 
^ the Shop. Countrey-man ( /^'d ^O I dr.v^ 
here an unknown Trade ; here I fell Lead, Iron, 
Shot, Strong - waters, Tabacco, and many other 
thin&s: This Motion was a great deal too good 
to be rcfufcd ; and I think at that time no to^e- 



Of Great Mercy. 19 

rable condition would have ftuck with mc. 

1 acquainted my Patron with my Defign, 
p'eaded I wanted Itock to fct up with -, he lent: 
mc a f»iHllmodui:m, and with another pittance 
that I had privately refcrvcd of my own, 1 be- 
gan to Trade. That very N-ght I went and 
bought a parcel of Tabacco ; the next Morning 
we drefs'd it, cut it, and fitted it for Sale ; and 
the World recmed to fmile on us wonderfully. 
In th s way of Partncr-fhip we continued for 
fome while, and what we got clear, we divided 
every weekaccordin^ to the proportion of our 
refpecftiveitocks In a whilc,findingthe world to 
come in upon us, we ventured upon no Icfs than 
a whole But of Wwe ; fome Money we had,'and 
forrje Credn : This Winc we drcw out, andgot 
confiderably by it. But its very diiTicult to 
maintain Moderation in an exalted ilatc, for even 
ff«r//<nf was capable o( hmcr andworfe; tot 
my Partner being elevated with our. good Sue- 
cefs, grcww ^vodFclUw, andab.id Hndwjdy 
ncglcaedhisbufincfs, wcnttiphng, andfud'mg 
up and down, and the concerns of the Shop and 
Trade lay wholly upon my (houlders. 

It fell out, t\ut one John Randal, who, with 
his Wife and Child were taken in the fame Shio 
with my felf, being put to the fame fliifts with 
my felf, an.l, as 'tis very common, having a 
Moncthly Tax impofcd upon him by his Patron, 
which he mulKcrape up where he could, and 
befides maintain hiinfelf, his Wife, and Ch'ld». 
went 



JO -^ Small Moniment 

went up and down fccking fur Relief, at lafl 
the poor Man ftraggled to our Shop : His cafe 
made great impreflion upon mc, I could not but 
confider the goodncfs of God to inc, that fhould 
now be in a condition to advifc^ and help anuthcr^ 
who fo lately wanted both my fcif ; and it had 
this operation uponmc, that I wou d not fulTcr 
a poor diilrcflcd Countrey-man, a Fellow-Cap- 
tive, a FcllowChriilian to iland begging at that 
door, where I had fo lately itood my fclf: Shall 
I fhut the Door, or my Heart upon him, when 
God had opened a Duor of hope to mc in the 
day of my Trouble? Shall I foill requite the 
Lords kindncfs to me ? Surely that God who 
comforts »j f/i our Tribulations, cxpe(fts that tve 
Jliould con.fort othirs in theirs, zCor. 1.4. I 
bad him therefore come in, and knowing him 
to be a Clover by Trade, advifcd him to learn 
to make Canvas Cloaths for Seamen that are 
Slaves; and for my own part, he fhould fit 
Rent-free ; but if my Partner would infill: upon 
hti Alotety, he muft be willing to fatisfic him, 
for I had no power to determine of anothcrs 
Right. 

It were tedious to trouble the Reader how I 
wore out three or four irkfome Years in this 
way of Trading ; All this while there was no 
dawning of Deliverance from our Bondage : As 
one Year left us, another found us, and deliver- 
ed us over Captives to the next .• Our condition 
was bad , and in danger every day of being 
worfe, 



Of Great Alcrcy. 21 

worfe, as the mutable Humours of our Patroncs 
determined upon us, for our Shop and Trade 
was no freehold : The truth is, in time we were 
fo habfttiated to Bondage, that we a\mol\ forgot 
Liberty, and grew ftupid, and fenflefs of our 
Slavery; like IJfachar, wc Couched down be- 
tween our burdens, we bowed our fioidders to 
hear, and became Servants to Tribute, Gcn.49. 
14, 15. And were in danger to be like thofc 
Jfraelttes in Babylon, who being once fettled, 
forgot Canaan, and dwelt wit b the Ktn^ for his 
work^, 1 Chron. 4. 23. Wc fccm'd as if our 
Ears had been bored, and WC h^d vowed to Serve 
our Patrones for ever. Long Bondage breaks 
the Spirits, it fcatters Hope cjj\ and difcoura- 
^cs ail at tempt! for Freedom: And there were 
more evils attended our condition than the bodily 
torture, which wc were always lyubU to, and 
fometimes endured^ 

I. We were under a perpetual temptation to 
deny the Lord that bought tti, to make cur Souls 
Slaves, t\{dLi our B>dtcs mi^ht Recover Liberty. 
As Satan once tempted Job to Curfe God. and 
dye ; fo he knew how to change his note to us , 
and accommodate his Snare to our CunditionXo 
Curfe God, that we might Live. How many 
have made Ship-wracl^ of Faith, that they might 
not he Chained to the Galleys? I can never e- 
nough admire the grace of that Promife, Pfal. 
125.3. The Rod of the IVicked fiall not al- 
ways refliipon the Lot of the Righteotu, left the 
Ri£hte- 



2Z A Small Monument 

Righteous pit forth their h.tniis to Ininuity ^ nor 
ever enough adore the faithfulncfs of him, who 
vpill not fujfer tu to he tempted above th.tt we are 
Me^ I Cor. 10. 13. 

And 2. Evil is the unr^aning^ and difptnttng 
cf the Soul to worthy Anions ; for we arc apt 
to pit on the Temper and Sprit of Sl.ives with 
the Habit , and the Chrillians of the Greeks 
communion, are a very fad tnfiance of this 

And 3, We were very much at a lofs for the 
Preaching of the Word : And yet herein the gra- 
dous God Ikpt in for our Relief. 



SECT. 



Of Great Mercy. 



SECT. IV. 



>' \\ 



HoTP Cod Trovided for our Sojtls, by fend- 
ing us an Able Minifter to Vrcacb the 
Co/pel to m in our Bond./gc. 



THE Gracious God looking upon theaffliifl- 
ion ol his poor Servants, and Remer/,bring 
M in our low EJlate, was plcafed many ways to 
m tigate the load of our Captivity: Wc have 
Rcafon to fay, with the Church, E;Lra 9. 9. IVe 
were Bondfmcn^ yet our Cod hati) not forfnkcn 
us in our Bondage, but hath extended Mercy to 
us, to give U-'.a reviving, and a Nail in hn Ho- 
ly place : And thus he brought about his Dcfign 
of Grace and Mercy. There was an Enghfi 
Ship taken by fome of our Algermc Piratcs,and 
in her one Mr. Devereux Sprat, a Minifterof 
thcGofpcl. Itdcfervcsourconfideration, and 
grcatcft Admiration, that the wife God fhould 
jHpp y our Ncccfsittes at the coft and charges of 
others ofhis dear Servants : But thus Providence 
fcnt Jofeph into Egypt , where he endured a 
thirteen Years Slavery, that he might preferve 
the Lives of his Fathers Family, within whofc 
narrow walls the moll vifiblc Church of God m 
thofc days was cnclofcd, Cfw. 45. 5. Now, 
fome of usobfcrving this Mr. Spntt to be a Pcr- 
D fon 



if 



2:^. A Small Monument 

Ion of very Sober, Grave, and Religious De- 
portment, we addrefTcd our fclvcs to him, and 
humbly entreated him, that we might enjoy the 
benefit of his Miniltry; in Order whereto, wc 
(iefircd him that he v/oiild compound with his 
Patron at fo much a moncth as he could, and bc- 
caufe we were abundantly convinc'd of our Du- 
ty to aiiminilicr to him of our Carn,il tlrtngs, 
who fliould adminilter to us of his Spiritiiah,\vc 
engaged to allow him tt Competency to maintain 
liimfcif, and fatisfie the cxpccftations of his Pa- 
tron : 'I he good man hearkened to us with much 
rcadinefs ^ and now indeed we found our bur- 
dens much lighter, and our conditions not prefs 
fo hard upon our Spirits : Thnce <? weeli this 
Godly painful Servant of Jcfus Chriil prayed 
with us, and Preach d to us the Word of God ; 
our meeting place was a Cellar, which I had hi- 
red at fome diftance from our Shop, where I 
flowed fome Goods that were peculiarly my 
own, when we fell into a greater (Irokc of Trade. 
To our Meetings reforted many , fomctimes 
three or fourfcore, and though we met next the 
Street, yet wc never had the lead diilurbancc 
from the Turkj, or Aifoors-, for whilft wc in- 
termedled not with their SHperJlitions, but paid 
our Patroncs their demands^ we might, without 
,any difturbancc from them, IVorPup our Cod , 
according to our Confciences : It's true, that fuch 
were the circumlbnees of the Slavery of many 
poor Chriftians, that they cohU not attend ; and 

fuch 



Of Great Mercy. 2^ 

fuch the wretched carelefsnefs of others, that 
they would not attend, and fuch the Provifions 
that God had made for others, by other means, 
that they needed not , perhaps , attend upon 
Gods VVorfhip with us ; but thus was our God 
plcafcd to give us the means oi Jlrcnpiming our 
Jraith, and Comforting our drooping Spirits, 

At length came one Captain Witdy of Rat- 
cliff to Trade there, who, with the AfTillancc 
of the Leghorn Merchants, freed our Miniftei* 
from his Patron, After his freedom from his 
Patron, yet there remained a Duty of fixty Boi- 
lers, which was a particular charge payable to 
the Publick Treafury, before he could be fully 
enlarged from the City .• Wc Petitioned there- 
fore the Captain, that he might, and Mr. Sprat 
himfclf, that he would ftill continue to be Ser- 
viceable to our poor Souls, in the work of the 
Gofpel, and we eafily prevailed, and had the 
benefit of his Miniftry whillt I ftaid there. 



D 2 



SECT. 



26 



A Small Monument 



SECT. V. 



Some R€»iark,Me Obfirvatiotfs tbut I 
gleaned up , whilji I remained in Al- 
giers. 

THcy that are prclTcd with their own Pcrfo- 
nal Crtcv.iiccj, have little Icifurc to lool^ 
abroad, SiWd obkrvc the Motions of others ; and 
indeed our own Afllidions however fwectncd , 
lay ftill gnawing, and gratinp, upon pur Spirits, 
that wc mull: needs be very ill qualified to trca- 
fure up materials to make a Hiilory. Such a 
DeGgn required Leifure , Liberty, Privacy , 
Retircdnefs, Intelligence, and ftrid correfpon- 
dcncc, to all which we were pcrfed Strangers. 
Yet fometimcs I could make a Truce with my 
Troubles, and obtain fo long a ccfiation from 
my Vexatious prelTures, as to make Obfer- 
vation. 

And, I. The Hypocrifie of their Profefsion 
was fo notorious, that he mud put out his Eyes 
that did not fee it. One Mopeth in the Year they 
Obfervc their Rar^cdur^, which is their Lent ; 
and indeed they Obferve it by day with more than 
A/onkijJi Jnftcrtty, impofing upon themfelves 
a total Akfiinence : Ao Obfervation which they 
may be prefumed to owe to that Nefiortan 
Monk.} 



Of^reat Mercy. Z^ 

Monk., who club'd with Aiahomet in the cur- 
fcd invention of the yikhoran : But for all their 
demure Oiuidragcfimal loohj by day., they give, 
or fell themfelves to commit with orcedtnefs all 
manner of the molt execrable Villanics by night. 
And they cheat themfelves with this cvafion ; 
that forfooth Mahornet Commanded them to Fafi 
fo many Days , but not fo many Nights : For 
now they beat up their Drums, and call their 
Friends firll out of bed, thcnout of doors ; they 
provoke, challenge, dare one another to cat , 
drink^, andrun into all excefs of Riot. Thcy 
will neither f^are Man in their Rage, nor Wo- 
man in their Lttfl : The two hungry Meals of 
tae Day, makjs the third of the Night an errand 
Glutton. By Day they create themfelves a 
Purgatory, and by Night the poor Slaves find a 
/Jell. Now , when they have cram d their 
Guts all Night, and arc Maw fie k, in the morn- 
ing, they put on their Lenten face again ; and 
call that a fafi, which is but Phyfick;, and pre- 
tend Religion for thit which thcy arc compell'd 
to by Nature ; that is, they Fafi when they can 
eat and drinks no longer ; But indeed their Faft 
by Day is nothing but a d,y Drupkennefs ; for 
when they have drunk, and whored themfelves 
into fin, they fancy they merit a pardon by ab- 
ftinence. A piece of Hypocrifie fo grofs, thai 
whether it be to be fampled any where in the 
World, unlefs, perhaps, by the Po^tfh Came- 
vals^ 1 cannot tell. 

D 3 2, I 



i' 1 



•ftS A Small Monument 

2. I could not but Obferve, that thoiighthcy 
allow, that every Man may be faved in that Re- 
Imon he prcfifjes, frovidcd he rvalkj by tts 
ji'iiles, and therefore that at laft, the yewj, un- 
der the Banner of Mofes-^ the Chriftianj, un- 
der the Banner of C'/;n// ; and the Tariff, under 
the Banner of Mahomet, fhaH all March over a 
fair bridge, into I know not what Paradifc, a 
place far beyond the Elifiaw Fields j yet they 
afford no mi rcy to one, who having once projef- 
fed, afterwards Revolts from MahuMetaHifm j 
an inlbncc whereof I (hall now prefcnt the Rea- 
der wirh. 

The Sfaniardi every Year return a confidera- 
blc fum of money to Al/jen, to be employed 
in the Redemption of fuch of their own Coun- 
trey as arc there in Slavery : Some fay, there 
is a particular Trcafury fet apart for that Ser- 
vice; but this I know, that they ufc the Cha- 
ritable benevolence of well dtfpofed Perfons, to 
advance it. Now, there u as a Spanish Frier, 
that was a Slave, who being paflcd by in the 
Redemption that Tear, took it very hatnoufly to 
be negle(fled , thought h\n\h\i much yvronged-^ 
hereupon he grows Dtfcontented, and the De- 
vil ( who never works with greater fuccefs than 
upon that Humour) takes the Advantage to pujii 
him en-, and heinapett. Renounces the Chrf- 
ftian Religion, declares himfclf a AfuJJ'ulman , 
and accordingly appears in his Turktjh Habit! 
I knew him very well by fight, he was 3 fat, 
' ' corpulent 



Of Great Aiercy. ; ; 

corpulent Pcrfon ; but after ht had turned Rene- 
gado, I obfcrved him to become ihangc'.y lean, 
and dcjellcdinhis Countcna>:ce, but I little flif- 
pe(fted , that the Root of his Dijlempcr lay ia 
iji-s Confciencc : but it fcems he had fevcrcly rc- 
flcdted upon hti ylpvjiacy, for he had not Re- 
nounced onely his J'opoy, but his Chrifitanity : 
His own Confciencc, which wjs a thoufind 
Witneffes againit him, was;j thoufind Tormen- 
tors toWm\: Long he bore it's fccrct and fiing- 
vig Lajhes, but when he could no longer ihnd 
under them, he goes to the Vice-Roy's Palace, 
and there openly declares himfclf a Chriltian , 
and protcfls againft the Supcrltition and Idola- 
try of Mahomet, iS 3 moll Execrable, and dam- 
nable Impoflurc : Immediately he is convened 
before the Counccl,and there fi:ri(ftly Examined, 
he pcrfilts refolutcly in his Profcfl'ion, where- 
upon he is clapt in Irons, and for fomc time there 
fccurcd ; Now, they pretended this Reafon for 
their procedure. That there had been fome 
pradifing and tampering with him, either A/o- 
rally by Argument, or Natural y by fomi Dofe 
of intoxicating Drugs, that had thus Diftem- 
pered him ; for loth they were it fhould be 
thought, that any Man of found mind, or >,:a- 
fler of his Reafon, would ever Revolt from their 
Religion : But when they fiiw him fixt in his Rc- 
folution, and that neither what he felt, or might 
fear ; what they had nifliUed, or could threaten, 
did unhinge him from his Profeflaon, they pro- 
k D 4 cccdcd 



30 A Small Alomiment 

cccdcd to the laft Remedy, and inexorably Con- 
demned him to the Fire : A way of Piini(hmcnt 
which /k^ /fijrwf /'row r/;f Spaniards thcrr.fciva, 
who fir [} fct lip the Incjuifition a^ainjl the Moors, 
and have now turned the ed^e of tt amrijt the 
Protcjlants. And now they proceed to the Ex- 
ecution of the Sentence, which was performed 
with fomc Pomp, and State. And firft, they 
formed h Crown xvith it Crofs upon the top of n^ 
within the Phtcs, and liars whereof they put 
Flax; thus Crowned, they Guard him through 
the City, out of the Welt Gate, about halt a 
mile, which was the appointed place of Execu- 
tion : andfirft, one puts Fire to the Flax in his 
mockzCrown, to takcpofliiTion oi his Had, in 
the Name of the re ft of his Body : at firit he 
fliook it off, but another put Fire again to it with 
a Cane, and then the poor man flood patiently ; 
and prefcntly they put Fi'-e to the whole Pile, 
and there burnt him : 1 faw fome of his Bones, 
and fcorchcd Flcfh after he was dead ; and the 
fame Evening came a Zealous Spaniard, and 
carried away fomc of his fcorchcd Flefli, and 
Bones, as the Holy Reliqties of a Martyr, fay- 
ing, Jh.roc now done enough to make fati/'fi^ii- 
en fur .'[I the f-.s th t I h.tve committed. 

3. It's worth .Admiration, to fee in what 
^reat awe they rtand of ihc meaneft Officer, who 
is known to be fuch by his Turhant, and Ha- 
hit. If any AiTray be made, or a murder com- 
mitted in the Streets, the Chiang- , or Officer 

pre. 



Of Great Mercy. 3 i 

prefcntly comes without any Weapon, or Per- 
fon to affill him ; and if he feizes the Oficndcrs, 
none is fo hardy as to refill even unarr/cd Autho- 
rity. 

4. The great Reverence which the Moors 
pay to the 1 urk^s, though both Aiuhim.etans, is 
remarkable; If a AUur fliall dare to Jlnke a 
Tm k^, he is punilht with great fevcrity : I faw 
two Moors whilil I was there, whofe Ri^ht 
Hands were chept off for this one Crime, and 
hung about their Necks inlirings; the one was 
fct upon an Affc, the other walkt by on foot, the 
Common Cryer proclaimii g before them their 
Offence, through the chief Streets of the City. 
I i.\v; another alio with his heels tyed to a Hor- 
fesTayl; he was wholly naked, onely he had 
on a pair ofLinnen Drawers, and thus was he 
dragg'd through the Strees : It was a molt la- 
mentable Spc(ftacle. to fee his Body all torn with 
the rugged way, and Hones : the skin torn off 
his Back, and Elbows, his FIcad broken, and 
all covered with blood, and dirt, and thus was 
he dragg'd through the City out at Biibaz.oon,or 
the Eait-Gate, where he ended his miferablc 
Life. 

Tv/o others of their own Countrcy-mcn I faw 
Executed in a moll terrible , and dreadful man- 
ner, ( but cither I did not know, or do not re- 
member their Crimes : ) The one was thrown off 
from a high Wat.', and in his Fall he was caught 
by the way, by one of i be great fharp Hook/, 
which 



m 



m 



; f 32 A SntAll A'lonimcnt 

'l whicliwcre faflncd in the Wall; it caught him 
\)\ ytJtnnJer the Ribs, an.l there he hung rodrifiif 

;; if m it/ifi>c,ikjb/cp.ii;: till he dycLl. The other was 
'■I fajhitdto ,t L.idilcr^ his ivny?j, and yl'iklcs hc- 

iJ I ing nailed through with Iron fpikfs, infucha 
jj'l poilure as fonicwhat refciiibles the Celebrated 

\yf Crofs of St. jitjdrew ; an'd le/l his Flcfh and 
'::| Sinews should fail, and the Nails not hold; his 
Wrifts and Ankles were bound fait with fmail 
Cords to the Ladder : Two days I f.iw hu^ alive 
undtr thii Torture, how much longer he Lived 
under it I cannot tell. 

5. They are generally great Enemies to De- 
bauchery in Publick : It's a great fcandal to them 
when they fee any Chri lians, who broi^^^ht th.tt 
licitjlialtty out uf thrir own Countries with them, 
to be guilty of it. I have heard them fay, of a 
Drunken Slave ; A Chn/l-utu ? No, He's a 
Swine. And though they will indulge thcm- 
fclves by Night ( cfpeciaily in their Kamciam 
Moneth) yet woe be to him, that (hall Offend 
hy Day in th.it kind. There was an EngUfh- 
man, who had brought over with him his Drunk: 
en Humour, and his Captivity had not mttde him 
Sober: and when Rehgton h.is not firm hold of 
the Heart, a little matter will make fuch a one 
let go his hold of Religion : This En^ltfi-man 
turn'd a Renegado, and of a Dntnken"chrt(ltan 
became a Drunken Tiirk^, and was not able to 
keep the Tot from his Head,A\ixm^ their holy time 
«f Ramedam ; being one day foqnd thus like a 

Sor, 



Of Grent Mercy. 33 

Sot, he was brought into the C.ijJ'.ibJ, or chief 
Court of Judicature, where he was adjudged to 
receive many hundreds of violent blows, fome 
upon his nuked JJticI^ and Reins, others upon 
bis naked Belly ; he could not creep from the 
place of punifhment, but was earned away by 
The Harr.rKcls; his Bi/Zy, and B/Jci^werc fo ex- 
coriated, thzt SarKpfori Baker, ziiEnghlh-man^ 
who was his Chirurgeon , afllircd me he was 
forced to cut otF abundance of his Flefh before 
he could be Cured. 

6. What Cruelties they Excrcifc upon poor 
Slaves, needs not be mentioned, and there will 
be an Occafion to fpeak of the mofl Ordinary 
iv<*)of punifhment c're long. Let it fuffice,that 
all is ylrbitrary, and tinlimittcd. If a Patron 
fliall k'ii his Sl.ivc, for ought I could perceive , 
he fuitcrs no more for it, than if he fhould ksH 
his Horfe : There was a Dutch Youth, a Slave 
roa7';(ri;, who, upon fome provocation, ^r^rw 
his Knife at hts Patron ; for this OJfer, he was 
Sentenced to be dragg'd out at one of the Gates, 
and there to have his ^rfns and Legs broken m 
pieces with the great Sledge Hammer, which Sen- 
tence was accordingly Executed, for though I 
could not fee his Face for the crowd, yet / heard 
the blows, and the mifcrablc Crys of the poor 
dying Young Man, 

SECT. 



"71 






% 



34 



yl Small Monument 



SECT. V [. 



The jzriev'>u.f Punipmcnt Tfjjf/^c:! upon 
John Randal, the Authors Danger, and 
Dclivcr.wce fro»: thcfiff/ej n'poii prc- 
tefrcc that they h.ul attempted to niak? 
tin Ej'cupe. 



IT is time to rc-aflumc my own concerns, and 
look a little into my own Condition, which, 
through the good /"rovidcnce of God, was much 
better than that of many of my poor Brethren 
and Fellow Captives j and yet I met with great 
Ebbings and Flowings in my Tranquillity : whilil 
I was managing my Trade very lloutly and fuc- 
cefsfully, ( J oiin Randal wioxV^mg with me in my 
Shop,_) my Partner having now knockt off, and 
left all tome: One day I changed a Twenty fhil- 
ling piece of Gold for Silver with a Friend, and 
having the money chinking in my hand, John 
Randul asked mc, what I did with fo much mo- 
ney ? I dcfired him to keep it for me, till our re- 
turn, and he fhould know : For he being not 
very well, wc agreed to walk out of the Town 
to take the frefli Air j a Liberty, which for fome- 
what above a mile, is indulged to the Slaves : 
When wc had walked almoltto the end of our 
Tedder. 



Of Great Mercy. 35 

Tedder, I was dcfirous to walk a little further 
toviewtheCoails, if, perhaps, any Advantage 
might offer it felf afterwards for an Ecape, 
though wc ytttnaily dcfijTncdnofuch thing. As 
we were prying about the Scafiie, one of the 
Spies appoiitcd conltantly to watch, icftany of 
the Slaves fhould Run away, came to us, and 
charged us with .7;; itttcn:pt to r,u kf r.n Efcape ; 
wc flatly dcnycd it, but he l:.id hold on us ; there 
was no rcfiiting. Obey we mull, and accord- 
ingly attended his Mallcrfhip towards the 
City : As we drew near, 1 cfpyed fomc EngUflt 
rr.en at Quoits, ( for with fuch Recrcdttons and 
Diverfions, they are willing now and then to be- 
guile the tcdiom minutes of lingring thraldom, ) 
I beckoned to one of them whom I knew, tx pre- 
tending onely to whifpcr with him, I fccrctly 
conveyed to him my Frrfe, wherein wcxc feven 
Pieces if eight ; \ve were prcfcntly met by ano- 
ther Spyc, and thofe two led us to a little blind 
Houfe, where they fearch'd us, they took away 
the iwnty flu lings, which I had put into my 
Friends hand, and finding nothing upon me, tool^ 
away my Doublet, and then brought us before the 
Vice-Roy, and hisCouncil : \Ve were (Ira ighc- 
ly Examined, and ilrongly charged with an At- 
tempt to Efcape : We peremptorily denyed ally 
and itood upon our Innocency , affirming, that 
our onely defign of walkinq abroad, was to take 
the frefli Ait., occafioncd by my Fellows Sick- 
nefs. This Purgation would not be Accepted , 

and 



A 



,5 A S trail MonumeM 

andtheB.«/c(j« was commanded to be brought 
forth, \vc anfvvercd, wcdunl notfalfely accufc . 
ourfelves, nor make our felvcs Criminal, when 
we were not fo, and therefore if fuch was thetr 
•will and plc.ifure., we mull: abide by it, and fo 
tvefat down bytbeJKckj. 

The way of pHntfinicnt by the B.tttoon, or 
Cudq^ el, IS thii. They \\zvca jlrong ftajf^aboitt 
fix Foot long, in the middle whereof are bored 
two holes. Intothefc holes a Cord is put, and 
the ends of the Ccrdfajlned on the one fide the 
flaf, with knots, fo that it makes <r Loop on the 
ether fide. Into this Loop of the Cord both the 
Feet oi the Perfon Condemned to this Punifh- 
ment are put; then two litsiy Fellows, one at 
each end of the ftaff, lifts it up in their Arms,and 
twiflinv the fiajf about , till his Feet are fafi 
pinch' d With the Cord by the Ankles, they raiie 
up his Feet with the folcs upwards, well nigh as 
high as their flioulders, and in this pofturethey 
hold them, the poor man the mean while re fling 
only With hit Neck and Shoulders on the ground: 
Then comes another lufty ftnrdy Knave behind 
him , and with a tough jiwrt Truncheon gives 
him as many violent blows on the foles of his 
Feet as the Council (hall Order. 

But the Vice-Roy, with his Council, gather- 
ing from circumftances, and induced to believe 
us by our conftant , and refolute denyal of the 
Fa(fl, omitted at prefent any further punifh- 
ment, and only commandedus to be laid in chains 



Of Great Mercy. 3^ 

in the Vice-Roy's Pnfon till our Patrones fhould 
demand our Liberty, and fetch us out. And 
the next day wc were both delivered, though 
with differing Fates; As Pharaoh's Chief Hut- 
Ur, and Chief Baker were both taken from Pri- 
fon, the one to be Advanced, the other to be 
Hanged: For John Randal's Patron being a 
very Termagant, ufed that abfolute and uolimit- 
tcd Sovereignty which they pretend to, over 
their Slaves, and Commanded him to receive 
three hundred blows upon the Soles of his Feet 
with the Battoon, in manner before dcfcrt- 
bed : As for my felf, when 1 was brought home, 
the Spyc that fcized us, came and demanded 
Money of my VoXion for his nood Service (not 
reckoning that he had any thing of me) which 
put him into a moil dcfperate fit of Pairion,and 
calling me Dog and Jew, andaHto naught, com- 
manded-mc to go work, in the Looms with two 
other Enojifi-r/ien that were Slaves, and Lm- 
nen-cloath Weavers : But alas, I was a very 
bungler, and undcrftood nothing of the Craft 
and Myflery of Weaving more or lefs ; but 
there I wrought till I had fpoylcd all that I laid 
my Hands on : Now, when he faw that my la- 
bour this way would not turn to Account., he 
rated me for a Loggerhead, and bad me fll 
Quills for the other two ; being now degraded 
from a bundling Weaver tO an exx client ^ller of 
Quills, I continued about a Moneth ; my Shop 
all this while lay at flxcs andfcvens, what was 
begome 



^1: 



'\ 



3 8 A Small Momimcnt 

become of it I knew not, and diirrt: not for niy 
Life difcover any dcfirc to return to that em- 
ployment. At lall, my Patron asked me for 
the Money that he had k'nt me when I fir{l began 
to Trade : I Anfwered fubiirrnvely, that I had 
not a farthing, all my fmall Elhte lay in a 
few Goods, and till they were Sold, I eould not 
pofTibly repay him : He calls one of his Slaves, 
a Dhth Man, and Commands him to go with 
me, and turn all into ready Money, and bring 
it him: When I came to my Old Shop, tlnre 
WM the Neft t»decd,but all the iitrds vrcrcflowfi \ 
for in my abfence, (poor John Randal being 
Lame, and not able to work, my Partner fome- 
time before having left me, and I confined to 
another Employment, ) fomc of thefe Rafcals 
had broken open my Shop, and thence carried 
the beji of my Goods, though my Cellar was Itill 
fafc, and fome of my Goods 1 heard of, and re- 
covered j what Money I had was hid in the 
Ground, as it was my conibnt way : 1 hat night 
the Dutchman and my (elf returned to our Pa- 
tron, and told him we could fell nothing ; where- 
upon he re manded me to my Shop, tVerc to 
Trade, paying him the two Dollars a Moneth., 
as I had done before. 



SECT. 



Of Crc.n Mercy > 



SECT. VIL 



C n 



i^ 



thi Authors Tdtron grovp'wg poor^ he is 
Solely or Mortgaged to another'^ thi 
vpondcrfnl k,wdtiefs that he found front 
his fecondratrotJt 



HEfe was nothing yet working towards a 
Deliverance, nor could I yet fee the leafi: 
glymmeringofpolTibility which mighs fo much 
as flatter my willing mind with a hope of cfca- 
ping : . But it's Obferved, that the Night is al- 
ways darkefi towards Day-break.; and God is 
often drawing nearer to us in Mercy, when we 
conceive he is departing further on in Difplea- 
fure. 

My Patron had hccn finckin^ in his Efiate a 
pretty while, the laft Ship he had put to Sea 
broke hts backs At laft he was grown (infenfibly) 
fo low , that it could no longer be daubed ftp 
with his Repute, but he muft be forced to fell all 
his Slaves to pay his Debts : It was not much to 
me whither I was chopt and ihanged; I might 
•change my Coaler, and my 'Goal, but ftill I 
was like to be a Prifoner : I might be bought and 
fold, and fold again, but ftill my Condition was 
Slavery; yet one thing racthoughj was comfor- 



i(J Ji Small Afomment 

tabic, that the hfi InflrurAcm of n.y Bondage 

was come into Mifcry as well as my fclf. 

In the partage of his Slaves, it fell to my Lot 
andanothen to bc Aiortgaaediox i certain fum 
of Money , ]oymly to tw Perfons , the one a 
C.ip maker, the other a Grave Old Gentleman, 
who nrtiongft his own People had the Repute of 
A <-ocd Natur'dand moderate PfrfoN, {as ^ood 
Natiirr^ and Modcratt'on go at Mgur. ) 1 he 
Day of Payment c<twf ,thc Money was not paid; 
the Cap maker and the Old Gentleman /"nj.f»« 
,iu aiul hold us in Common, but in a while they 
rcfolved to divtdc m , that each of them mi^h: 
know his ;-cpfr Goods and Chattels, and each of 
ui might know whom \o Call MaJler,,Md vehoj'e 
vcbijllc wc were bound to Obey : We arc both 
fiiminoncd t6 appear in a certain place at mid- 
day,andmuch ado there was about our Dividing : 
At lai^ they agreed toCafi Lofts for hi, onely bc- 
caufc I was in a handfomc way of Trade, it was 
accorded, that he to whofc Ihare I (hould fall , 
nWildJfiay the other fifty Doubles, which, if I 
tomputc aright, is Tomcthing more than fifty 
.(liilli^igs StcrUng. I Was exceeding fearful I 
niould fall to thisCap-malicr, for he had the 
'Character of a briitifi, ill-humourd Creature, 
'and t'hcrfefarc I was cohcern'd to Hft mV Petiti- 
on to-God; that feeing, yfi\\cnthe f^itftwuldbe 
cajfirtotheUf, ^^ the whole DiffofitioH there- 
of 'is' of Cod, hcVduld gi^c rat fsrth a gractoM 
JUt : Whatever there is ofCtntingency as to us, 
• * there's 



Of Great Mercy. ^ j 

there's nothing accidental to God. Well, God 
Delivered ine from that Tyrant, and I was ad- 
judged by the decifion of the Lot to the Old Gen- 
tleman: Andifl fhouldbcfilenthere, I fliould 
bethcmoft ungrateful wretch Living: I found 
not oncly pity and compafsion , but Love and 
FriendJJiip from my New Patron; had I been 
his Son, I could not have met with more refpeCly 
nor been treated with more tendernefs : I could 
not \m(haFriendi better Condition than I was 
then in, except my ^onds. Ifany thing could bc 
mingled with \iondage to make it fweet; if any 
thing could Reconcile Slavery to Nature ; ifany 
thing could begeC an Acciuiefcence in fuch a ilatc, 
I did not, I could not want it. . 

And indeed the Freedom that I found in Ser- 
vitude, the Liberty I enjoyed in my Bonds was 
fo great, that it took off mnch of the Edge of my 
delire to obtain, and almoft blunted it Irom any 
vigoroiu attempt after Liberty, that carried haz- 
ard in it's Face ; till at lafl I was awakened upon 
this Occafion. 

My Patron had a fair Farm in the Countrey , 
about twelve miles from the City, whither he 
took me along with him; he had me to t heir Mar- 
ketsjfhewed me the manner of them,& at my re- 
turn, he loaded me home with all manner of good 
Provifions,that I might make merry with my Fel- 
low-Chriftians ; &I had fomc Reafon to conclude 
from his great kjndnefs to me, that he intended to 
fend mc thither to' manage the Farm for him. I 
E z faw 



d 



• 'jri ji Small Monument 

tdW now evidently, that if I once (Quitted myfliepl 
I {hould lofc with it all mea>is,all helps, and there- 
fore all hofes to rid my fclf out of this Slavery : 
And though I might have been there 4 p«fy Lordy 
and B4>aw'd it over the reft of my Felow-Ser. 
vants, yet Slavery had in it fomething of 1 know 
not what harpwefs that I could not hrooi. fetters 
cf ColddomtMcthetr Nature, they are Fet- 
ters ptl: Had B^j.«^ff's Cage been ofCJcld, as 
'twas of Iron, yet it was a Cage; and that was 
provocation enough to a haughty Sprit to beat 
out his own Brains againfl: it's Bars. This there- 
fore quickned my dull temper, and I began to 
Refolve to make an Attempt once for all. Now 
therefore muftering thofc few Wits Captivity 
had left me, I fet them on work, and ran through , 
all things pofsible, and impofsihle j he that wtll , 
findwhatbehasloj}^ mtfi lool^where 'tis not, as j 
'acll as where 'tis; and forming ftratagems in my . 
Head, fomc Idle, and Fain; fome Defperate, , 
o\}ntxs impofsihle; at lafi: I pitcht upon one, that 
feeme d to mefeifabley and praaieable. 



SECT. 



Of great Mercy. 

SECT. VI I r. 



43 



■^ 



7he ContrivMce for our Efcapc, the Tcr- 
fans Acquaitttecl tvith it, and alfo thofe 
that were Engaged in it 5 fome Debatct 
about leaving my Patron. 



HAving Formed the Dcfign, or at IcaH-, the 
rude draught, and general Model of it , 
my firft care was to open it to fome skilful and 
faithful Coitnfellers, who might more imparti- 
ally difcover to me it's inconveniences, where it 
was like to prove leaky, or take w; d; And 
firft, I acquainted Mr. Sprat, our Mmiftcr, 
with it, and laid before him the whole of the 
Contrivance ; and he fo far approved it, that 
he judged it pofjlble : Next, I acquainted one 
Robert Lake, a very wife and Religious Pcr- 
fon, who beftowed his BlelTing on it, and wifh d 
it all good Succefs : And laftly, I acquainted my 
Friend John Randal , who approved it : Yet 
noneof thefe««/^, ot would run the rifque of 
it's mifcarriage. Mr. Sprat was already deli- 
vered from his Patron, and in a fair way to be 
abfolutely enlarged, in a more fafe and Regular 
way, for not long after our Efcape came Cap- 
jain Pack, oi London, and paid the fixty Dollars, 
E 3 and 



^ A Small Merwmtnt 

and took him along with him for En>'lar,d: John 
;?W./hadaWife, and Child, and thcfc were 
,.. dear fledges to be left bchwd and yet too 
tender things to undergo our Difficulties : ^o- 
bert Lake was an Jncent Perfon, and nuther 
able M^vely to be carried in, nor aihvd) to car- 
ry on a Dclfgn that required much hardmefs of 
Body and Mind to endure, and much lircngthto 
CO through with it ; we had nothing niorc from 
Them than Fraycrs and Connfels, which yet was 
the main; and then my next care was, to take 
in Partners, and Accomplices in the Defign 

And herein I had a three-fold Refped: Firlt, 
£0 fuch as were necefar.ly required to Form the 
inftrument of our Efcapc and Deliverance : bc- 
condly, to fuch, whofcrr_yf^, and approved Ft- ^ 
deltty I might prefumc would be objlmately, and . j 
J?./,?,.«y2v/f<:m in-concealing it: Thirdly, to ^ 
fuch! McConragecfMind, and firen^th of , 
^<,^v would render them capable to purfae the < 
ends of ity to put it in Execution, and go through i 
with It. n. 

But before I would reveal the Projedt to any , 
of them in particular, I Required an Oath ot\ 
Secrefie: Thatyvbereas J flwuld now reveal to 
htm, or them, a matter of great concernment \o 
their Happinefs and Well-fare, they pM Jo- 
lemnlypromife, andfwear, that in cafe they did 
not approve it, or Xfould not ]oyn tn ttj yet they 
(Iwtild, neither direaiy, nor tndireaiyjor fear,, 
crfiatteryy difcover ih or the Perfons engage A. ^ 



Of Great Mcrey. 4S 

in it, to ar.y Perfon whatfoever. When a Pro- 
iea was once mentioned, which promitcd in- 
Seneral therr Happ,nefs .ndlVell-fare, I needed 
not tell them in particular what it drove at, they 
could fmcU out that with cafe ^ for what could 
he Good, or Happy to Slaves withoHt L>b^''y, 
This Oath therefore they willingly took -. I judg- 
ed fcven Perfons would bc enough to manai^c, 
carry on, and Execute it ; and therefore except 
the three fore-mcntioncd, I communicated it to 
no one Perfon but thcfe following, who engaged 
in it, though all of them did not go through 
with it. John Anthony, a Carpenter, who 
had been a Slave ffteen Tears ; his Trade fu - 
ficicntly(hews, how ufeful he would prove in 
thToein. IVUUam Adams who fmcc h.s 
Captivity, had learnt and u^ed ^he Trade of a 
Bricklayer : his Serviccablcncfs in it w ill be evi- 
dent in L'fequeU he had been a Slave eleven 
Years, hhn jcphs, who was a Seaman, and 
muft therefore be prefumed one of the ^™ 
in a Projea of this Nature; he had cndur.d 
Slavery about five Years, lohn--. a Carp n- 
tcr, who was a skilful Man m h.s Trade, Lully 
of Body, andthcreforemuftbe a good Wheel 
I this Engine , and he had been a Save 
five Years: And two others, whofe Employ- 
ment it was to walh Onall Cloaths at the Sea- 
fide, and thofe had alfo their parts in carrying on 
the work, though they went not along with us ; 
and W'lt'^'"Okjley, who prefeots tbc Rc^er 
£4 ^'i" 



T\\ 



46 A Small Moniimtnt 

with this Narrative, who was taken jiugufl 1 1.' 
1659. and Efcapcdjwwe 30: 1644. thefemade 
up the Number of 7. There arofe a ScmpUy 
nay, it amounted to a ^e/lton, whether to at- 
tempt an Efcape from my Patron, one that fo 
dearly Lovaime, fo coHrtcou/ly treated mc,had 
fo fairly boHobt me^ were juftifiable before God 
and Men/ 

And, I. It might be a Quertion in point 
of Prudence -y for, where could I hope to 
mendmyfelf} Or better my Condition.' I might 
poflibly find worfe Qnarter in England^ where 
the Civil Wars were now broke out , and to 
that height of cxafpcration, that thofc of the 
fame Nation, and, perhaps, Blood, would 
hardly giyc ^wrrrr of Life to one another : If 
the Name of Native Coumrey bcwitcht me, if 
That da7.1ed my Eyes ; furely jv^f-fwr we are 
Well is our Coumrey, and all the World « Home 
to him that thrives all over the World : And why 
(hould the Name of Bondage, why fhould a 
jvor*/ grate fo harfhly upon my delicate Spirit ^ 
when the fting of it was taken away ? Liberty 
is ^good word; but a Man cannet buy a Meals 
meat with a word: And Slavery is a hard word, 
but it breakj no mans back, Tboufands are more 
Slaves than I, who are yet their own Alafters, 
and left at Liberty than niy fcif, who have the 
free raks^ndran^eof the whole World. But 
yet my Patron's favour was no free hold; I held 
pot tny Happy time in fttfrrfit, all was advo- 

Inn: 



Of Great Mercy, 47 

luntatem Domini ; bcfides , he might dye, and 
leave me to another ; or Live to StU me to ano- 
ther, who might be of another Charailer, and 
then my Condition would be therefore worfe , 
bccaufc I had known a be tar. 

2. It might be QueHioned in point of Jnge- 
nitity, how I could be fo unworthy to leave him, 
who had Loved mc? Would not all that (hould 
hear of it, Condemn me if ill Nature, to leave 
without taking leave, one that had been a Fa- 
ther tome, who might have ufcd the Right of 
it Lord ; and ufcd mc as a Child, who might have 
treated mc as a Slave ? But really I thought 
there was more of M^mners and Conrtjlitp in 
thcOh]c{i\or\,zh!iT\oiwci?ht , and Cogency : Stijl 
I dwelt with 'SAcihcch, ai/dhad my Habitation 
ar^on^fi the Tents ^/Kcdar ; and one thought 
of England, and of its Liberty and Gofpcl con- 
futed a thoifand fiich ObyHtons , and routed 
whole Legions of thefe little Scruples. It was 
no time to lUnd upon the Pimfliho's of Honour 
and Ingenuity ; no time to Complement , and 
Jhatn coiirtcjie ; here was no Farcwcl Patron, 
in the Cafe, and therefore I foon ovcr-came that. 

But, 3. It might be Qucftioned in the Court 
of Confcience, whether it were not down-right 
Theft to with- draw my felf from hts Service, 
who had bought mc, pAid for mc, enter'' d upon 
mc, pcffcfs'd, and en]oy''d mz, as his own pro- 
per Coodsi and now I wits not mv own, had no 
right to rpy flfi Whether mignt not a M^n be 
' • ' fth 



h^4 



48 -^ Small Monument 

felo de fcy in jlc^ilin£ hiwfelf, as well as killing 
lArrJcip And whether he is not the greater /«//- 
robber^ that Ikals (iw.'iy hnnfe/f, than he that 
fteals awiyfrom himfclf ? But I much qucftion- 
cd their propriety to me ; my Patron's Title was 
rotten at the Foundation : Man is too Noble a 
XHreature to be made fubjcd to a deed of bar- 
gain and Sale ; and my con/en t was never ask'd 
to all their bargains, which is Efentialytoacztc 
a right of Dominion over a Rational Creature, 
where he was not born a fiibjecl. If I had for- 
feited my Life or Liberty, the Law might take 
it ; but I was not Confcious to my fclf of any 
fiich forfeiture, but that I was at my awn Dif- 
'pfal. 

Thus all was clear and quiet, and we went on 
with our Dcfign , which I now fir.l: opened to 
them : That I had contrived the Model of a 
Boat, which being formed in parcels, and after- 
wards put together, might, by the fupcr-intcn- 
dcncyof Divine Providence, proves;/ ylrk^zo 
deliver us out of the hands of our Enemies. This 
wasfoonfaid, and greedily entertained; to E- 
fcape was a pleafant word, the Name of Liberty 
made Mufick in our Ears, and our wifhing hearts 
danced to the Tune of tt ; and a Boat was as pro- 
rniftngameans as any thing could be imagined : 
But when once their thoughts cooled, and came 
more fedately to look into the difficulties of it, 
they appeared innumerable, and fome of them 
|[J:emcd infuDenfble j and fonje things that had 
- pad 



Of Great Mercy. 49 

nail currant in my own thoughts, and [ went 
clever away with them, without any rub ; yet 
when t'-cy came to be pierced into with more 
JEyes, an:. fc-nnM upon more Fingers, they were 
attended with confiderable impediments : where 
this Boat fhouU be built , was one daggering 
Queition : Where it (hould be Launched, and 
where put to Sea, was a choaking Objc(ftion : 
How vvc fhould efcapc thofe y^r^/«-eyes, which 
arc always obfcrvingus by Day, was a gravel- 
ling Qucery ; or how to get out of the City by 
Night, whofc Walls are fo high, whofe Gates 
arc fo dofe fliut, and firongly Guarded, was 
another vexatious Quxry : How we fliould be 
Rigged and Vi(ftuallcd for fuch a Voyage, was 
a confiderablc enquiry : and whither we Oiould 
dcfi"n, was not to be ilighted. But hov/fnch a 
littUSkjfi rather than Bout, (Tiould be able 10 
yVeathcr all the Accidents of the Sea, was 4 
Netk^Qj*eflion, enovghto Jirangle Faith, and 
flifle Hi with Defp.-'ir. 

To thefc Objedions , I Anfwered. That 1 
had dtCgncd r,y own Cellar, as the mcetcll place 
wherein to bialdihe Boat ; that when it was there 
Built, it might be taken j^p/Vm ^^^.w;, and car- 
ried out of the City m parcels, and beflowed m 
private places till things were npefer Executi- 
on. That for a place where to put to Sea, it 
would be time enough to dctennine upon that 
when we had finifh'd our Vcflc! : That M^york, 
^vas the mqft commodious place to defign to 



50 ^ SmAll Aioiiument 

Land in : But in general I told them to this pur- 
fofc ; That if wc never attempted any thing till 
we had Anfwered tfllObjeiHons,\ve muit fit with 
our Fingers in our Mouths all our days,and pine, 
and languifli out our tedious Lives in Bondage: 
Let Hi be up and doings and God would be with 
iu. To bey in w one half of our work^ : Let US 
make an Eflay, and Anfwer particular OhjcCii- 
onsastheyOfTcr'dthemfclves, and as we met 
with them in our work. That the Projed had 
it J difficulties J was confclTcdj but what has 
not, that is Commendable, and GlortoM ? Yet 
whatever difficulties and dangers we could meet 
with, Liberty^ kept in our iye^ would fweeten 
the dangers wc might encounter in Attempting. 
They were all well fatisfied with what was faid, 
and all engaged to venture the utmoil they were, 
*iw<^^rf</, toaccomplifhit. 



SECT. 



Of Great Mercy. 
SECT. IX. 



II f: ' 



The Model of the Boat ^ ^Carrying it out of 
the City^ And bcfiomng it in conveni- 
ent Places. 



IN the Cellar where wc had Worfhip'd God, 
• we began our Work ; and it was not the Ho- 
linefs, but the Privacy of the place that invited 
us, and advifcd us to it. And firfl, we provi- 
ded apiece of Timber. about twelve Foot long, 
to maks the Keel: But bccaufe it was impolTibIc 
to convey a piece of Timber of that length out 
of the City, but it mull be feen ; and of that 
Ihape, but it muil be fufpe^ed, and that Sufpi- 
on would bring us into Examination , and the 
Rack., or B-ntoon might extort a Confeffwn out 
of the moft refolved, and ehjlinate breaji y wc 
therefore cut it in two pieces^ and fitted it for 
Joynting, juft in the middle. Our next cue 
was the Timbers , or Ribs of the Boat, which 
v/c contrived thus ; every one of the Timbers 
was made of three pieces, and joyntcd in two 
f laces, bccaufe a whole Rib at its full length , 
would be lyablcto the fame inconveniences with 
the Keel. Now undcrftand, that the joynts of 
the Ribs were no: made with AUrtice, andTe. 

a«n. 



^ ^ A Small Monument 

ifotty but the flit fide of one of the three pieces 
was laid over the other, and two holes were bo- 
red at every joynt, into which two Natls wcxd 
to be put, when wc fhouid '^oyn the parcels of our 
Boat together : You mult undcrfland further , 
that iheje two holes at every joynt were not made 
in AJfrait line^parttLel With the fides of the pieces, 
for then the three pieces, which make one Rib, 
being joyncd together would have made one 
Jirait piece; a Form which would by no means 
comport with the life and Dcfign of the Tim- 
bers; But fo, that when hoth the Nails were in 
the holes, each Joynt would make «« ebtiife tin- 
gle, and fo incline fo near towards a Semi-Circu- 
Jar Figure, as our Occafion required. All this 
while here is no vifible Prcvifion made for 
hoards, to cloath the naked Ribs of our Boat, 
without which, the Keel and Timbers looked 
but like an ufelcfs Anatomy ; but neither had 
we , nor was it pofTiblc we fhouid have any 
boards in our Veficl: t^cccjfny is the belt Arti- 
ficer when all is done, if we except her Silter 
ContiJigcncy ; to which two the World has been 
behoMen for the molt ufeful Inventions, which 
at this day do eafe the Labour and Toyl of wea- 
ried Mankind. For the Joynting of thefe boards, 
and the Nailing of them, to make the Boat Wa- 
tertite, would require fuch Hammerings and 
that Hammering would make fwh a clamcurom 
Echo in the Cellar, as mull have drawn upQn 
us the Jealous Eyes of the jilgerints, who 
al/oHt 



Of Great Mercy. J % 

about their Wives and Slaves are infiipportably 
fiifpicioiu .• And therefore from the firlt Con- 
ception of the Dcfign, I always refolved upon 
a CanvM : In purfuancc of which thought, be- 
in" all'fatisfied that it was praatcMe;\vc bought 
aslnuch ftrong Canvas as would cover our Boat 
twice over, upon the Convex of the Carine. 
We provided alfo as much Pitch, Tar, and 
Tallow as would ferve to make it a kind of /« 
Tarpawltn Sear-cloath , to fwaddle the n^ked 
body of onr Infant-Boat : With Earthen Pots 
to melt done our Materials in ; and prcfixt a 
night wherein we might Execute that part of our 
Labour The two Carpenters, and my fclf were 
appointed to this Service, and the Cellar was 
the place where we met. Matters had hither- 
to run on very evenly, and fmootlily, but here 
we met with fome difcouragmp rubs. For when 
we had ftopt all the Chinks and Crannies of the 
Cellar, that thefteame of the melted Materials 
might not creep out, and betray us, (there be- 
ing no Chimney, ) we had not been long at our 
work before 1 felt my felf exceeding fick, with 
the ftrong, -and unufual fcent of the melted Li- 
quor ; I was forced to go out into the ftreets to 
oafp for breath, where meeting with the cool 
^/r, it overcame me, Lfwooned, fell down, 
brake my Face, and there lay : My Compa- 
nions miifing me, made out to feek me, found 
me in this fad plight, and carried me m again , 
though exceeding fick, and unferviceable. They 



f\ 



I ■ 



5+ 



A Small Aionument 
had not proceeded much further before I heard 
one of them complain he was fick, and cou'd 
proceed no further , and now our work Itood 
ftill .• I plainly faw that our hopeful Pro]e[ly that 
had hitherto fo fraoothly proceeded, mud needs 
mifcarry, and prove Abortive; for it would be 
impofTible to finifh it thif mght : and if we once 
farted, and fuffcred our Spirits ro cool over the 
Defigtty they would never ceafc cooling till they 
were jhnecold, and bard frozen \ and there- 
fore I advifed to fet open the Door, and coni- 
mit our felves, and our work to Gods Prutecfti- 
on : For I told them they could not but know", 
that // any Difcovery were made , the burden 
would fall heaviefi upon rr.y JJjoulders. ; and my 
Mack, or Feet mnfi pay for all. At length, we 
refolved to fet the Ceilar-door wide open, and 
as foon as that was done, and the fteame pretty 
well gone out, we came to our felves again,cou- 
tigioufly went on with our bufinefs, and pitched 
one half that Night. The next Night we met 
again, fet open the Door, and whilft they plyed 
the work, I ftood Sentinel at the Door to give 
Notice of approaching danger ; but wc happily 
finifh"d the whole, and while it was yet dark , 
carried it to my Shop, which was about a Fur- 
long from the Cellar, and there at prefent fecu- 
red it. 

I fhall notqueftion the Readers Ingenuity fo 
much , but that he will fuppofe there goes a 
Meat deal mere to a ^oat than I have defcribcd j 

but 



Of Great Mercy. 55- 

but what (hould I trouble him with thofe things 
that are common to all other Boats, I mention 
oncly what was peculiar to oiir own; and I do 
not intend to trouble him with the Boat-wri^ht s 
LcUure. 

In our Cellar we fitted all things, we made 
the T'mbcrs fit to the Keel, and the Canvas fit 
for the Timbers, and the Scats fit to the whole, 
and then took all in pieces again, and laying our 
Heads together, plotted how to convey all out 
of the Town, and lodge them in fecure and tru- 
fty places. 

And fird, for oar iCeel, wc all with unani- 
mous confcnt judged IVill. yid.^ms the fitte't 
Perfon to Execute that part of the Dcfign, for 
he had long Excrcifcd the Trade of a Brick-Iay- 
cr, and his Employment lay much without the 
Town, and befiJes he ufcd fuch pieces in level- 
ling his work. He therefore, accoutred with 
his Apron before him, his Trowel tn his hand^anc 
one of the pieces upon his (lioulder, undertook 
it, and without the lea(l Obfcrvation went cle- 
verly away with it, and as he faw his Opportu- 
nity, hiJ it in the bottom ofa Hedge ; and not 
long after conveyed out its Fellow, and Lodged 
it in the fame place. This fuccceding fo hap- 
pily, we faw no great difficulty /« ih: Timbers, 
for we put one nail into a hole of every jopr,and 
then you will eafily conceive, that the two ex_ 
treme pieces of one Rih being folJcd inward^ 
upon the middlcmojl, will lye tn the room of on ^ 
F ./ 



u 



e6 A Small Monument 

of the pieces for length, excepting that little that 
the oidscf I'ich piece were beyond the holes: 
Now, by general confcnt, the conveying thefo 
out of the City was committed to one, whofe 
Employment was to wafh fmall C!oaths by the 
Sea-fide : He puts them into his bag amongit his 
Cloaths, andfo very ordcrlycarried them out, 
and hid them where he could find moj} commodt- 
oiti fiowaf^e, hut yet wtih Refpe[i to nearnefs to 
ih.it p/,rcc\vhcrc the Keel was laid. 

But how to convey our TarpawUn fafc out of 
Townfeemcd molt difficult ; by Night it was 
impolTible, and by Day the difficulties very con- 
fidcrable, and the danger proportionable ; for the 
Gates arc ftri(fHy watch'd, thc5rrm; crowded, 
the Spies Pickeertno in every corner, and the 
bidk^ of the CarwM thus drcffed was very great. 
To divide It had been to nune our fclves, for no 
pitching together again, could fo cheat the fear- 
chin^ water, but it would find out the needle- 
hole). At laft we ventured upon this way ; wc 
put it into a large Sack, and committed it to him 
that ufed to wafi) Cloaths , and left any fhould 
clap a jealous hand upon it, we put a Pillow ovet 
our Canvas within the Bag, that fo its foftnefs 
might delude the Inquifitor, and make it pafs 
for Cloaths. Let none defpife, or condemn thcfc. 
as low, n.ean pieces of contrivance, for we had 
not Polititiaris tools towork^ withal:, but the Icfs 
wzs our Policy, the more glorious docs tbewif 
(torn of God Ihine in fucceeding it, and yet even 

that 



Of Great Aiercy, ej 

that little Policy wc were guilty of, was of i 
beftowin^'Mo ; what of fin was in all of it, was 
mtixc\y our own; what of PotVf r, Wifdoni,and 
Siiccefs, was all his : But our Agent cfcaped 
happily with it, and Lodging it in a fccret place, 
returned. 

Wc had yet many things to provide, and 
Oars arc abfolutely ncccHary, they were of the 
Quorum to an Efcape by Sea : As Finns arc the 
fijhes Oars, foOars are the Boats Finns, by 
help whereof fhe makes her way : Now, to 
fupply this defed, wc took two Pipe-flaves,mA 
flitting them a crofs from corner to corner with 
a Handfaw, we made of each Pipc-ihft" two 
Rude things, which NccefTity was pleafed to 
entitle The blades for a pair of Oars, and thefc 
were eafily conveyed out,without fufpition. 

Next, we confidcred, that /'/-ot////o« mufl be 
laid in for o//r AVy.?^f ; and therefore wc provi- 
ded iz/w<j//, and but a fmall cjHantity of 'heal, 
prefumingour Itay at Sea mufl be but fhort; 
for cither we ihould fpccdily /-^cowr Land, or 
fpccdily be drown'd, or fpecdily be brouq^ht back^ 
affain: Two Goats skins alio, itript off whole, 
and fo Tann'd ( a kin i of Bottle much ufed by 
the Al^erines to carry Milk and Water in ) we 
had, which we lined with frejh water, and we 
knowr^^rr mu.t wccdsbe a ^reat Rarity in the 
Afedtterrancan. 

We remeinbred alfo that a Sail might be of 

right .good ufe to us for Expedition, ani thcre- 

F 2 fore 



V} 



^ g A Small Monument 

fore \vc boiigl t IS much Canvaas would y^3- 
Jwer ih.it t"d, and when fonie Difputc was 
mule about can yiiig it out, I Offered to under- 
take r/j.jr /.i.*/pr; .;/ owr work^: 1 had not gone 
a quarter of a Mile, but as 1 cafr my wary eye 
hjck, I efpycd the f^me Sptc, who oace before 
\ id feizcd me, and given me trouble, follow- 
i.i^inc very roundly." My Heart began to akcj 
I was loth.! Defignof fo near, ard dear con- 
icrn^r.an to alt of m, (liould be brought, to the 
Bpth, .ind there jlionld be no jhength tobnn_'T 
forth. It's fad, after n Voyage, to Ship- wrack 
in the Haven, butme-thought it was n.ore fad 
tofiuk^n reffel before it could be Launched: /,nd 
here 1 firil found the difference between hwo- 
cciice and Ctnlt ^ for how boldly could I hold up 
my Headtorfcw5p/f, andhis^f/rfr;, (atleaft, 
hs Maftcrs) wheni was not Confcious of any 
■fuch Difgn in hand ? Whereas now tl c Fc- 
flcaion of tny Confcicnce was enough to write 
a ink mtry Coiuitcn.ince, (forfomc things arc 
fin there which arc not fo in other pbces ; ) and 
thij had betray 'd me, had I not fuddenly pluckt 
up mv Spirits, and fpyingan En/It jh-ma?i wafh- 
ing Cioaths by the Sea, I went the ready way to 
him, and defii ed him to help me walh that Can- 
vas ; as wc were wafhing it, the learing Spye 
cnme. and flood upon the Rock jufl over our 
Heads to watch our motions : As foon as we had 
a little formJIy wafh'd it, to caft a Mill: before 
his Obfcrving Eycs,I took the Canvas and fpread 



Of great Mercy. 5 j 

it before his Face upon the top of the Rock to 
dryj he ftaid his own Time, and then march'd 
off. But I was as Jealous of Iiim, as he could 
be of me for his Heart-, and therefore fcarinc* 
he might lye in Ambufh for mc, took it when 
'twas dry, and very fairly carried it back in'o 
the City, and faithfully acquainted my Accom- 
plices how the Matter fquared. Th'S Difcoura- 
ged them not a little, for that they fccincd timo- 
rous to proceed in the Enterprizc. 

Atlalt we comforted, and encouraged one 
another, and entred into ciofe Counfel ; where 
we fhould meet that Ni^ht ? At wh.'.t time ? 
Where we fhould fitt our ^oat together., and 
where fut to Sea ? The Time was, an hour with- 
in Night; the Rendevoux on a Hill-, about 
half a Mile from the Sea; and fo wc d fperfed, 
fome one way, fomc another ; and privily lurk- 
ing in Hedges and Ditches, lay clofc till the time 
appointed. 

There is one thing that the Reader will be 
ready to ask, and I ihall be r^ore ready to An- 
fwer him for a fpecial Reafon : viz.. What I 
did with my Shop and Goods ? W hen I had once 
Refolved upon this Adventure, and faw it go on 
hopefully, I gave my Patron my wonted Vifits, 
kept fair Correfpondence, paid him his demands 
duly, but fecretly I made off my Goods as fall 
as I could, and turn'd all into ready Money .• I 
had a Trunk, for which John Anthony made me 
I fal ft bottom; into which I put what ii'.veror 
F 3 Goli 



m 



^1 



LJ 



^o A Small Monnment 

Gold 1 had • and into the Body of the Trunk , 
what ever it would /jcW,and was worthy holding : 
This Trunk I committed privately to the Fidelity 
of ourdcarMinilkr, Mr. Sprat -^ he took the 
charge of it, and he was now ready to receive: 
his full Difcharge. This Trunk he F^uhfully 
Secured, and carefully brought over, and as ho- 
neflly delivered to me when he heard I was conic 
fafe to London-, and 1 was willing to move that 
Quejiton, merely for the Atifvuers fttke-, whicli 
Witncflcs/;«f»Wr/>7, 



SECT. 




Of CrtAt Mercy. 



SECT. X. 



The putting of our Boat together, the Dif- 
ficulties vpc metwiththcrcin-i and our 
putting out to Sc.i, June 30. 1644. 



AS foonas wc were met all together at the 
appointed place, wc began to think of I'.x- 
ccuting our long intended Dclign ; but wc were 
Divided in our Counfels, where to begin our 
work : It had been a Queftion propounded be- 
fore, and we thought wc had fully Refolved upon 
the place ; but at our Nketing wc were lir.wgcly 
dtfcompofed : There '^cxc two pUccs which fl:ood 
in Competition, each pretending good Conve- 
niences for that end. The one was .(//<//, al.out 
half a Mile from the Sea ; the other was it ral- 
ley, cncompaflcd with two Hedges, about a 
Furlong from the Hill, but of the fame diftancc 
with it from the Sea : It was urged for the Val- 
ley, that it was a place of r/}ore Secrecy and Pri- 
vacy, lefs obvious to view \ but then it was ob- 
je(fted, that we might there be furprizcd, and 
feiz.ed by the Clutches of our Enemies, e'rc wc 
could have notice to fhift for our felvcs .• For the 
Hill, it had been Argued, that we might there 
make better Difcovery of Danger, and nutke 
Provifwi to avoyd it ; and in (horc, we all agreed 
F 4 ovit 



i_J 



62 u4 Smiill Afoniimcnt 

ncr mgl:t., to put our Boat together nfon the 
J Jill ; promifing our fclvcs muth Advant.igc 
Uomiti Sitti.iiitou : But when wc were met, 
wc all altered our Rcfolution wuhcut any rijitle 
ilajon, and carried it for the Valley : God is 
nnieh/w//;f d.i)k^tett)^ but all our ways «^f /« 
the open Light to him. It s very ditTicult to give 
an Account \vh,:t Gcdis dumg at \ rcfcnt, but wc 
fhall know, if wc can but patiently wait till fit- 
t;i c I'rovidthccs Comment upcn the firn.ir: 
And in a while wc faw thcRcafon why Cod over- 
ruled our purpofcs. 

We had hid fcvcral of our Materials near the 
top of W;f/y///, where alio grew a fma II Fig-tree, 
which wc had marked with our Lye, as Judging 
it would beufeful to (IrengthentheKcelof our 
Boat : Two of our Company were immediately 
difpatchtto faw down this Ft^-Trcc, and bring 
it, and the pare Is of our Boat there difpofited, 
away with them : They were hardly come to 
the place, bi;t we heard Dogs bark about the 
top of the Kill, and indeed two Men with Dogs 
came very near them ■, but our Men being aware, 
lay clofc and ftill, and fo they palTed by without 
making any Difcovery, and then our Men be- 
itirr'd thcmfelves, and brought away the Fig- 
Tree, and the other Materials, and returned to 
us. 

And now wehadonccmore brought the fcat- 
tcr'd Limbs of our Boat into one place, which, 
JUve Uiole ot AIH)niUj had been diffcrfcd up 



Of Great Mercy. (, 5 

and down the Fields : It was no time to trif c , 
and therefore wc all buckle to our work in good 
carnefi: : But we were fo niih fomc that were at 
work in the Ne ghbouring Gardens, that wc 
could hear them (peak, and therefore mull needs 
fuppofe they might hear us too; and therefore 
wc /(Tied by Signs, and pointed, and pulled, 
andno.lded, but were ^/Z yJ-Z/./f^ : Itmighthivc 
been an Expedient for the Builders ot Babel, 
■ when their Languages were Divided , to* have 
carried on their grcit Projed by Signs ^ but cer- 
tainly there was Confufiun poured out nfon their 
Hearts and Cvunfels, as well as Divifion in their 
Tongues and Languages. 

The tu'o parts of our Keel wc foon joyncd ; 
then opening the Timbers, wh.ch had abeady 
one JS/ailtn every Joynt, wc groped out for //;(? 
ether hole, and put its Nail into it : Then wc 
opcnd them at their full length, and applyed 
them to the top of the Keel, failning them with 
Hope-Tarn, and fmall Cords; and fo we ferved 
all the Joynts to keep thcm/jrw andftable ; then 
we bound f,jall Canes all along the Ribs length- 
ways, both to' keep the Kihsfrottjvering, and 
alfo to bear out the Camas very fltff again fl the 
frefftng Water : Then WC made Notches upon 
the ends of the Ribs,' or Tttr.birs, wherein the 
Oars night plye ; and having tycd down the SeatSi 
and flrengthncd our Keel with the Fig-Tree, we 
lalily drew on our double Canvas Cafe, already 
fitted :,znd really the Convm kemdilVtnding- 



t'\] 



m 



u 



64 



A SmAll Monument 



jheet for our Eoaf^ and our ^oat a Coffin for 
tu all. 

This done, four of our Company took it upon 
their flioulders, and carried it down towards the 
Sea, which was about half a Mile off.- It was 
a little Rcprcfcntation of a Funeral, to fee the 
four'Qcarers Marching in deep fiiencc.withfome- 
thing very like ,! /^fry?, a>id Coffin, upon their 
flioulders, and the rcfl of us decently attcnauig ■ 
the Ceremony, huiwew.inted Torches, and be*- 
fidcs, it's not ufual for any to wait upon their own 
Coffins : But wc durit not grudge our Boat that 
ffy.^ll, and Lift Office, to carry it half a Affile, 
for we expeded, it fhould repay us that Ser- 
vice and Civility with Intercit, in carrying us 
?rany a League : We Carried it at Land, where 
it could Hotfwim ; that it might carry us at Sea, 
where we could not walk, As we went along, 
they thit were in the Gardens heard us pifling 
by, and called to us, who comes there f But it' 
was dark, and we hid no mind to prate, and 
therefore without an, AnlVcr, wc filcntly held 
on our way. 

When wc came to the Sca-fidc, wc immedi- 
ately itript our fclvcs naked, and putting our 
Cloaths into the Boat, carried it, and them, as 
far into the Sea as we could wade ; and this wc 
did, led ct4r tender Boat fliould be torn again ft 
the Stones or Rockj ; and then all fcven of us 
got into her : But here wc foon found how our 
Skill in Calculating the Lading of our V'efTel fail- 
ed 



Of Great Mercy. 6$ 

cd us : For wc were no fooncr Embarqued, 
but fhc was ready to fink under us, the water 
coming in over the fides ; fo that once again wc . 
mult entertain new Counfels •, at laft, one, whofc 
Heart mojl failed htm, was willing to fhut out, 
and rather hazard the uncertain Torments of the 
Land, than certainly be drown' d at Sea ; then 
■ we made a fecond Experiment, but ftill fhe was 
fo deep Laden, that wc all concluded there was 
no venturing out to Sea : At length, another 
went afliore, and then flic held up her Head ve- 
ry ftoutly, and feem'd hearty enough for our 
Voyage. 

It was time now to commit, and Commend 
our felves, and Veflelto the Protedion, and 
Condud of that God who Rules the Winds ay:d 
the Waves, andwhofe Kingdom is in the dcip 
Waters, irr.ploring Alercyfur the Pardon of oi-.r 
Sins, and refigntng itj> our Souls to Cod-, •« '/ 
we had been prefently to Suffer Death iy the 
Hand of the Executioner. And taking our 
Solemn Farewell of our two Companions, 
whom wc left behind, and wifiiing them as 
much Happinefs as could bc hoped for in 
Slavery , and they to us as long a Life as 
could be expcded by Men going to their 
Graves; we Lannched out, upon the thir- 
tieth day of June , in the Year of our 
Lord , One Thoufand, Six Hundred, Forty, 
and Four : A Night for ever' to bc re- 
mcmbrcd 



.t:|" 



rt| 



(i<3 A Small Monument 

mcmbrcd by his poor Creatures , who arc 
cur fclvcs Lrcc.t Monuments of Divine Pro- 
vidence , and do fct up this Little Monu- 
rrent of his Goodncfs and Mercy, tharmay 
furvive us, and bear up the Name of God 
to after-times , that by us Men may Learn 
to fut their Trufl in God : And the Bill of 
Lading is as followcth; John Anthony^ WU- 
ham Adamj, John Jephs, John-— Carpenter, 
and Wtllmm Ok^ley. 



SECT. 



Of Great Mercy. 



SECT. X r. 



67 



7/.1C grcctt Extrcvtitics nv Endured at Sea 
for SixD.tjif, tinci Sights, iviththcCo- 
jnctdcfit Providences of Cod that ap- 
peared for its itionr Extremities, and 
our Mir ant lo Its Landirg rff Mayork, 
'July 6. 1644. 



WE arc now out at Sea without HeIm,or 
Pilot ; without Anchor , Tackle, or 
Ccmpifs ; but God was thfe, all tbcfe, and 
more than. ill thefc. Our Number was Small, 
our Work was Creat, we could not afford one 
Idle Hand, not one Idle Ffocr : Four of the 
Company continually wrought at the Oars; and 
indeed wcir>-o//.;/;f /i/r o;(r Lrjcj , and then I 
fhall not need to' fay how m n-roKfIn : But this 
1 IJutll fay, I an trnly fay it, 1 never faw ibength 
fo drained, nor the utmolt of what Nature 
could do iorL-fe ^W L^im>, exerted fo much 
>n all my Life. The Employment of the hfth 
Man was more eafie, but no Icfs nece(rary,which 
was to free the Boat of that Water , which by 
Degrees leak'c through our Canvas. 

We Labourd the harder thit Nig^t,hcai\x\c 
we would eladly be out of the Ken of our Old 



"I 



:tU 



C 8 A Small Monument 

Maflcrs ^^ Z).7 ; but when Day appcar'd, wc 
were yet within figh: of thcirShips,that lay in the 
Haven, and Road, and off the Land : But our 
Boat being fmall, and lying clofc, and fnug up- 
on the Sea, cither was not at ail Difcovercd,or 
clfc fccmed fomcthing that was not worth the 
taking up: A httlc hope in the midft oi great 
Fears^ made us double, and redouble our Di- 
ligence; wctugg'd at the Oars like thofe who 
zrcChjin'dto the G allies^ becaufe we had no 
mind to be Slaves to our Old Patrones in thctr 
ijiiUies, 

But upon all Occafions we found our want of 
fore call, for now our Bread, which was to be 
thc/lafi of our decayed ftrcngth, had lien foak- 
ing in the Salt water, like a drunken Toafl fopt 
in Brine, and was quite fpoyled : And our frefh 
water in the Bottles itank of the Tanned Skins , 
and Owze, having lyen fobbing in the Salt water, 
which made it naufcous : But yet that hope that 
hovcr'd over us, and flatter'd us that wc fhould 
one day mend our Commons, fweetcn"d all a- 
gain ; fo long as Bread was Breads we com- 
plained not : Three days with good Husbandry 
it laftcd, but then pale Famine (which is the 
worft fhapc Death cm be painted in ) ikred us 
in the Face ; And there was no fublitute for 
Bread at Sea: At Land, the Roots of Grafs, the 
tops of Trees, and the vileft Excrements have 
fcrved to flop the clamour of a Ravenous Sto- 
mach, but that which Slaves dcfpifcd,wc fhould 

hivc 



Of Great Mercy. 69 

have admired, and prized : Water indeed we 
might have, either cdd^ or hot ; we had choice, 
but it was a hard choice : Either the cold fait 
rvatir out of the Sea, or that warmer, which 
had been drained through our Bodies, and that 
wcchofe of the two, but we mull not have that, 
after a while, unlcfs wc would firrt: Accept the 

' other : And the Milcry was, thefe did not af- 
■fwage our thirll:, but axreafe tt ; nor mcreafe 
oar ftrength, but dir/.f/.-iJli it; yet thefe were 
the means of Life : Strange means, that would 
deflroy the End. 

Several things added to our Mifery ; for trou- 
ble fcldom comes folitary. For firil , wc had 
the Wind for fame time full againfl: us : And this 
was both an evil in n felf, an evil in its effcli , 
.and an evil in its caufe. It was a great evil in it 
felf; it ;«frf<j/(ri^ our Labour, and then defeat eJ 
tt: We Rowed h.irder, to Icfs fiirpofe ; we mo- 
ved ,but did not advance ; we f;^e»t our flrcngth 
for noui^ht, and in vatn. It was an evil in tts 
efefl ; ""for it engaged the U'.-.tcrs againfl us, and 
drew them into us party. The Sea is a per felt 

' Neuter of it felf , and willing to maintain its 
Neutrality; but the powcilul Winds drew her 
into the Fadion : And that Sea which fcrves the 
North to day, fhall comply with the m,ore pre- 
vailing Soittio to Morrow ; for the Waves arc 
the grc.it efi tune fervirs in the World: But it 
was far the greatc;!: evU m its Caufe; for the 
Winds bemz nzamlt tu . Argued that Cod was 
again jt 



70 ji Small MonKtnent 

agaitift /;/; for the Wind wc know was his: 
He brings the Winds out of his Af'if/izJ>:es. We 
were nowlbdifpiritcd, that wc debated , whc- 
thtrwe jboitldbe.ir up with the Wuid., or rfujke 
the be jl of our way^ and Row againfl it? That 
is, whether it were not better to go back to ^Z- 
gicrs with eafc , than painfully make towards 
freedom? At Li f, like Pcrfons that though wc 
knew not what to do, yctrefolved not to return; 
wc refolved whilll we had Mfc , and Strength , 
and Breath, we would itrugile with it: And 
now the great God interpofed ; he rebuked his 
IVinJ, kwas not tiyin/l M ; my, hc reconciled 
his Wind, and it became our friend. I Ic that 
can turn the Rivers in the South, could turn the 
W.nd out of the North: Here we might have 
had a notable demon "tration of Gods Sovereign- 
ty. He determined i\\cQ_n.irtcr of the Wind, 
the Qu.iniityo{ the Wind, andthc Cor,tinu4nce 
of the Wind. The Quarter, whence it fhould 
blow. The Quantity, bow much it fhou'd blow, 
and the Continuance , how long it jliould blow. 
The Quarter was our Enemy, the Continuance 
had quite brought us to Dcfpair •, but had he 
opened his Hand, and let out one blaft iwre, the 
proud Waters had gone over our Souls, we had 
fcripiedin the deep: But we fee that our times 
are in Cods Hand ; the Ocean in the hollow of ' 
the fane Hand, and the Winds in the fame hand, 
and Happy it was for us, that we, and they , 
were f.ll there. 

A 



Of Great Mercy. 71 

A Second great Inconveniency was, that our 
Labour wat without Jnterniijfton, though we ad- 
vanced not forwards at many ftroaks, yet cclTa- 
tion had driven us backwards. The poor Sen- 
tinel thatihnds upon the Watch, yet comforts 
himfeif that another will Relieve him; but we 
had none to take the toyl ofFour Hands, and give 
us Refpite .• Wc might)/;/// our places, but not 
our pains, 

A Third great Evil that lay fore upon us, was 
the extremity of the heat by day; the Scafon 
was Raging hot, being the beginning of July -^^ 
the Climate was hot, being under, or about the 
Fourth Climate; we wanted freOi Water to 
cool the Heat, and were engaged in continual 
Labour to enrage the heat, and all thefe made it 
infupportable to our Bodies, and our little, or 
no hope, ( which now like a Candle burnt down 
to the Socket, did rather blink, than burn) made 
it grtevoiti to our Souls. One iinall help we had 
(if it was a help ) that the fifth Man, who cmp- 
tyed the Boat of the Salt Water, threw it upon 
the Bodies of the refi: to cool them ; But this was 
a A'liferable Remedy , for our Bodies were fo 
bleached between the fcorching Sun, and the 
cooling Water, that they rofc up in B!i:krs all 
over. Great pain we felt, great danger wewere 
in, great Miferies were endured , great wants 
we were under, and had nothing little, but hope, 
food, kndflrength. By Day vVe were all ftark 
Naked, t>y Night we had our Shirts, or loofe 
■ ', G ■ Coats, 



I,. 



-2 A StmU Monument 

Coats,.andthat wasallour Cloathing, the reft 
we left aliiore to cafe our Boat, 

If any fliall be fo Inquifitivc, as to ask , hy 
what Direclioris wc fleered our Courfc, that we 
did not tack about infcnfibly in the dark Night, 
or Day ? He may know, that for theD^j, one 
of the Company had rf Pocket Dyal, which fup 
plycdthe place of the Compafs, e'nc welt e- 
noiighforlucha VcfTcl, and fuch Mariners. By 
Night, when the Stars appeared, WC had our 
advice from them, and when they dif appeared, 
weghcflcd at our way by the Motion of the 
Clouds. 

In this fad and woful ph'ght we continued four 
Days and Nights ; on the fifth Day, we were 
on the brinl{ of the brink, of defpair , and all 
hope that we fhould be favcd, utterly pcriOicd. 
And now, as Perfons dcfpairing of the End, wc 
ccafcdto purfue/k means-, laid by our Oars, 
left oil our Labour ; either wc had no flrength 
left, or were loth to throw away that little wc 
had to no purpofe, onely we kept ftill emptying 
the Boat i loth to drown, loth to dye, yet knew 
no ways to avoyd Death .• When the End is re- 
n-.ovcd, all means perijli with it. 

They that Ad leaft,commonly wi(h the mod: ; 
thus when we had left frmtlefs Labour, wc fell 
upon frmtlefs rvifies, that we might meet with 
fome Vcffel, fome Ship to take us up : If it 
was but a Ship, wc confidered no further ; Eng-- 
lijhy or African, Tros, TyrihfX/e; all was a 
Cafe .• 



Of Great Mercy. yj 

Cafe : Or if not, yet the worjl was better- than 
ottrbadcifc; and therefore refolvcd, could wc 
have Difcovcrcd any Ship, to have made to- 
wards her, though it had been one of v^/^/;f >v. 
How many wiiht tlicmfcivcs again i>i £c')pf, 
when they Combated with the un cxp'c^ed 
Difhcultics of the Wtldcmefs I How oft have 
the People of God been more afraid of the means 
of their' Dcltvtrance , than of their Danger ! 
When Chriil came to favchis Difciplcs frorn the 
Storm, yctbccaufc he came in a way uncouth, 
and uncxpe(ffcd, they cryed ot-.t for fear. Mat. 
14. 26. Whether the Reader will pity, or con- 
demn us, I know not ; but to that pafs were we 
now brought, that we would have accepted Life 
upon any terms not bafe andfi>,fiil, and whether 
we fhould have ftuck at fnch or w, I have no fuch 
fccuriry from my own Heart as to rcfolvc 
him. 

Whilil wc were at this dead tbbe of Hope, 
the Great God, whofe mofl Glorious Oiportn- 
mty tohclp, is his CxaXuxcs^rcateft Exircmi- 
ty: He that appeared for Abruhar^ in the 
Mount, and to the three Toung Men in the Fie- 
ry Furnace ; he that Delivered Ifrael at the Sea, 
at the Red Sea; he who times all his Mercies 
for their Advantage : even He fent us fome Re- 
lief, and a little Rehcf is great, \n great exigen- 
ces. As we lay hulling -up and do\vn, we'Dif- 
covered a Tortoife ?iot far from us aflccp in the 
Sea. Had the great Drake Difcovered the Spa. 
G 2 v,jh 



"j^ yi Small Afonitn-.ent 

tiijlj riate.Fleet, he coul4 not have more Re- 
joyced ; once again we bethought our fclves of 
our Oars : and pow our little Boat. (hewed it 
fclf to be of the ri^ht breed cf yil^ters^ made of 
firaiicliTfn:ber.\udto its poor^Ability would 
Iccomc ti Corf.iir ; wc filcntly Rowed to our 
Trey, took it into the Boat with great Triumph, 
we cut oif her Head, and Kt her bleed into a 
Pot V wc drank the Blood , cat the Liver , 
and fuck'd the Flcfli ; Wtjrm flepi, and hot Li: 
^itor ( except our own ) had been a "/cut Ra- 
rity with us a long time, it was a Novelty of 
Providence ; and really it wonderfully rcfrclh'd 
our Spirits, repaired our decayed llrcngth and 
recruited Nature; at leaf!-, poor cxhaulted Na- 
ture was willing to be cheated, and fancy her 
lelf recruited : But there was no cheat in'f, wc 
were really rcfrcOi'd, and with frclh Vigour and 
courage fell to our Work ; wc left our fears be- 
hind us, wc pickt up fomc fcatter'd crumbs of 
hope, and about Noon, we Difcovercd, or 
thought we Difcovercd Land. It's impofTihlc 
roexprcfsthc Joy, and Triumph of our raifed 
fiou'jatthis apprchenfion. The Poets tell us, 
that as often as HercnUj threw the great Giant 
agair. t the Earth, Vis. Alother Earth gave him 
veKv [trength againft the next Encounter : It was 
vcw jirerigth^nnv Life tp us^though not to touch, 
•<jettofee; or if per /<? /Vf, ;p think, we f.iw it. 
Iz brought frefh Blood into^^ur Veins, frefh co- 
lour into our pale Cheeks;, we look'd not like 
, • Men 



Of great Merc'y. . 7 j 

Men awaked from Hcep, mt like Captives broke 

from the Chains of Algiers, but like Hcrfons 

raifed from the Dead. But Hoi)e anr! Fedr 

made a (Irange Aicdly Pafsion in our Svids-^ like 

theRepartiesbf two contrary jolHing Tides, or 

the lirugglin;? of the Eddy with the main itrcam : 

Hope would pcrlVadc uv that wc faw the Land ; 

but chill Fear bade us paufe upon it, for as wc 

cafily believe, what wc defu-f to be trul% . fo 

wcare as ready to fear Iclt it (hould not prove 

true ; for fear had got long poffcfFion of oyC 

Souls, and would hardly admit Hope to (Hr, but 

■was ready to fupprefs it as A dillurbcr of its 

Empire : Wc had feen nothing but Air , and 

•Sea; Sea, and Air in five Days, and Nights; 

that though our Reafon told us there was fuch a 

thing as Land, yet the ImprcfTions that feSr had 

made upon us, made it QueiUonable, whether 

cvcrwc fhould fee if. And we durll not give 

fob much Credence to our Eyes, that had been 

ufed to bring fadder itories to our Hearts. ' '' : 

■ Yet ftillwc wrought hard : Hope did us that 

kindncfs, it put us upon an 'carncit defirc to fee 

whether wc were deceived orno, ■ AftcV fome 

further Labour, wc grew rhorc confident, and 

at laft, 'fully fatisfied thjic it was Land .• I hope 

I fhall never forget whatafcnfe we had of<5Ms 

goodnefs upon, that Afrurancc, Extremes 'ido 

equally annoy, and fometimes. infatuate the 

mind: They tell us, that in Greenland,^ th^cx- 

trcmity of Cokl will make the Iron (tick to the 

C 3 Fingers, 



~-^ 



fi ' 



■76 jA $rrall ■Ji'fonurr.att 

fingci-j, as our Experience alTurcs extremity o» 
;Hcat\villdo; for now like Dirtra(ftcd Pcrfons, 
wc all leapt into tlic Sea, quitting our Boat, and 
being all good Svvimn-.crs, wc there Bathed, and 
cooled our heated Bodies. An Adventure, 
.which) if well confidercd, had as much of the 
Defpcrado in it as our putting to Sea .• For now 
wc were at the Mcri-y of , the Sharks, which 
might have (hear d off" a Leg, or Arm \ and now 
our ovcr-heatcd Bodies were open to receive the 
Imprcllion? of that Cold Element: But as wc 
never confidercd; our Danger, the great and 
good God delivered us from the Ordinary cf- 
. feds of fuch Folly ^., we prcfently returned to 
, our Boat, and being both wearied with Labour, 
and cooled 4 little with the Sea, wc lay us all 
down to SlcJep inqs much fecurity,' as if we had 
becnrm our own, Beds •■ Nature being almolj: 
fpeut,fmulVhave,a:Xruce; (he \v';ill not under- 
take to keep our ^cdics upon their Legs, if we 
will not fubmit to her great ftanding Ordi- 
nance, of Rell; and here we fawftill more of 
DiviqcGoodncfs, 'that our Leaky VefTcl did not 
■bury us. in the Sea, .'and wc awaking find. our 
felvcs. in the other World : But he that gave u-f 
Sleepy we/tfitredit, and he meafured it ^ A-<?f//)', 
not.fu[rer)ngusto/7«r-y?«/) the Sf^/qw of plying 
our Pump, or t"hat which fupplycd the place of 

it.- -,•■.. ■ r- 

Being thus refrcfh'd with fleep, we found new 
fircn^thiox our Work, and God found us New 

Work. 



Of Great Mercy. 77 

«'(j?-i^ for our ilrength: Wc tugged the harder 
at the Oar, bccaufe we hoped c re Night to flcl'p 
upon a more ftablc, and faithful Elcmcut. Bat 
wc made our way very flowly, and when we 
call up the Account of our Progre(s, iburid ,that 
wc had gone but Uulc w^y in a len(r tir^r • to- 
wards Evening wc difcovcred another ■ Iflmd : 
The firfl we faw was AI.iyoi\, thc'Xccond, 
Fromentcre-, and fomc ."of our Gompapy th^t 
had Sailed in thefc Seas, vyould undertake -to^af- 
■furc us of it : Wc debated hot long to:,\vhich 
of thefc wc fhouia dircd 6ur Courfc,' for the 
latter being much infellcd with' vcncnWU'i Ser- 
pents, and little, if at all Ii^hahitcd^ wc^;rcfoJ- 
.'vcdall for Miyorkj. All that Night wc'Tlp.U^ 
'very hard, and the nexf, 'beiligth^ itJvtn ^^If'ly-, 
and from our putting to isp^t'j; we'l^^lu'Vithin 
fight of it all Day, and about T<:n£( -Clock at 
Night wc came under the Ifland;, biir the '/locks 
were there fo craggy, andftccp, thanv^C tbuld 
not climb up. 

Whilll we were under thefc Rocks there 
came a Veflel very near us. Let the Reader put 
himfelf in our rtead, let him but Copy out our 
Thoughts, let him imagine how loth we" Were 
to lofe all our toil and Travel, to forgo our De- 
liverance, to have this Rich Mercy, which God 
had put into our Hands, wrefted out of them 
again by fome Turkt^i Pickaroon, or Corf'.ir, 
that arc always skimming thofc Seas : It con- 
cerned us therefore to lye clofc, and when they 
G 4 \vcre 



i:i 



yS . . . -A S Willi Monument 
, were p'afled by, \vc gently crept along the Coaft 
as near the fhoar as we durft, till we found a 
convenient place, where wc might thruft in our 
Wcafher-bcatcn Boat. 

If thefe Papers fhould fall into the hands of 
fome that arc great Clerks in the Art of Naviga- 
'tion^ and have con'd the Mariners Terms of 
' Art, they will fmile at my improper wording of 
thefe Matters, and fay, I am one of Paul's Ma- 
riners. But I can be content to be Accounted 
one of his Mariners, whilftlhavc fhared in his 
Mercies : How many of thofe that fpeak the 
Language of the Sea, yet have found her Bil- 
lows deaf to their "Cries and'Prayers, and their 
ftately Ships made the Scorn of Winds, and the 
Reproach of Waves, when we, who had none 
'.of their Ships, and little of their skill, have had 
.Experience of thofe Providences, to which they 
• Jiave been Strai)gers. . 






SECT. 



v--.:vt:^ 



f ^■- ••<• -> 



of Great Mercy. 



SECT. XII. 



79 



The great kJncJnefs wc Received at Mayork 
''■ froffi the Vicc-Rpy., andthe hrhabitunts 
ofthatTpud and City. 



WHcn we were come to Land, we were 
not unfcnfible of our Deliverance', 
though like Men newly awakened out of a 
Dream, wchadnotthe true Dimcnfionsof it: 
We confeiTed God had done Great thtnos for us, 
hut hew great th ngs he had done was beyond 
our Comprehcnfion .• Wc had efcafcd the Sea., 
but yet Dca'th might be found at L.ird; and wc 
were ready to fay, withS^w^/ow, judg. 15.18. 
^Lord , thou h^Ft given tlnf gritU DcliVcrMce 
'tnio the hands of thy Si rv^, nts., and now jhall w_e 
dye for Thirji ? We had had no Food fince wc 
eat the Liver, and drank the Blood of thcTor- 
toife, and therefore leaving three of our Coni- 
pany with the Boat, the other two, viz.. Joh'n 
yinthony, and my'fdf were fent 6ut to fcout 
abroad for frcfli Water .• And the rather were 
we fent, becaufe this Jt^H Anthony could fpeak 
both, the Spanijli , and Jtallan Tongues very 
^exkCily., and I had as much of the 5f.'«'j?3as 
might ferve toexprefs our wants, anddefires, 
if perhaps we might mcetwith any Perfons there- 
abouts. 



n ' 



8o A SmM Monumnt 

abouts. Wc were not far gone, before we fell 
into a Wood, aiidwc were in a Wilderncfs in 
our thoughts, which way to take : He will needs 
go his way, and 1 mine. Good Lord/ what a 
/rail, impotent thing is Man ! That t^cy whom 
common danger? hy Sci., common Deliverances 
fromSci hail United, fhould now about our 
ow.i wills fall out at l.and. And yet thus wc 
did: He give mc rcproachfiil words, and ifs 
wellwccuiic not to blows; But I went my own 
way, and he feeing me refolute, followed me , 
and the Providence of God, not dealing w;ith us 
according to our frowardncfs, foil, wed w both: 
This way led us to a VVatch-Towcr of the Spani- 
,arJty many gf whi,;h they keep upon tbe Sca- 
Coails, to giveth^ Countrcy timely notice of 
any Pickaroons that come afhoar to Rob, and 
Spoyl. 

When we came within call, fearing he might 
Difchargc at us, we fpoke to him upon the 
Watch , told him our Condition , what wc 
were, whence wc came, howweefcaped; and 
. carncftly begged of him to direO us to fomc frclh 
-Water, and in the mean time to beftow upon us 
.feme Bread. ; He -very kindly threw us down 
jt;! old mouldy Cukc^ but fo long as it was a Cak^^ 
and not a /i.onf, nor a Bullet, Hunger did not 
-confidcr' its Mjiddincfs : Then he direded us 
^ofrefh Water, which was hard by : Wc flood 
not telling Stories j W;C rcmcmbrtd our fdvesy 

we 



Of Great' Mercy, 8i 

wc rcmcmbrcd our Brcikrcn left with our Boat, 
and Obferving the Sentinels Dircdticns, came 
to a Well, where tlicrewas a Pot with Jtrings. 
to draw with : Wc drank a little Water, and 
cat a bit of our Cake, but the pafCigc was fo 
difufcd, that wc had much ado to force our 
Throats to relieve our clamourous (tomachs ; 
But here wc (laid not, but, with the four Le- 
pers in the Tents of the Syrians, i Kings 7. 9. 
Rebuked our fclves, We do not wcll^ wc h,:ve 
j^Ud lidin^s to curry, and dvyvc hvld our pace ? 
Wcretyrnto ourBout, are welcomed by our 
Companions, acquaint them with the good fuc- 
ccfs of our Embii]V> ^""^ ^" pr'^T-^''^" ^o make 
;o the Well.. • .., . ,; .. 

; -And now we rr.ufl leave our Boat ; that /"./;//;- 
fnl Injirmtent of Gods Providence, which hacj 
fo trufiily ferved his purpofc to deliver us : It 
was not without foine Recqylings upon our Spi- 
rits, that wc HiQvild fo much as in appearance 
ir/:it'iie :hr oioratitiide of thofc, who having fer- 
ved their privstc ends on thcirl rlcnds, and have 
now no further ufc of them, rpoll ungratefully 
ftiakc them off.- That we fhoulcj-bc like the war 
/fr-fl'(??-,which uftjs the water to purfuc his Game, 
on4 when he comes to Land , (hakes it off as 
iroulilefome , and t}itrde»fo>r,e. But it was no 
time to /land upon Complements j Hunger , 
Thir/l, Wcarinefs, Dcfirc of Rcfrclhment and 
Rcllj thokirrforinnfiff Pitnst Commanded us 
i away J 



^ 



S :i A Smitll Monument 

away; and tying our Boat as fad as wc could 
totheShoar, wc left her to Mercy, which had 
^jcen fogoodto us. 

' As wc were going, or rather creeping , or 
crawling towards the Well, another Qyarrel 
flatted amongd us, the Memory whereof 'is 
fo ungrateful, that I Hull give it a Burial in fi- 
\cnQQ, \\\Qht[\Tombfur Controverftes. 

'■ And now we are at the Well, and the Well is 
provided of IVarcr, and we have fomething to 
drmv ; all tbcfe helps God has given us, but he 
mull give us one more, even a thrown to fwitllow 
it, without which, all the reft f^mfie mthtn^^. 
This was the evil Difeafe Solomon had Obferved 
in his Days, Ecclef.6. 2. yi Mn>i to whom 
God had given Riches, Wealth, And Honour y 
fo that he xvantcth nothing for hn Soul, of all 
lljat he dcfireth ; yen God giveth hir/> not Power 
to eat thereof: He that gives us water to dnnk^, 
and meat to eat, muft give us Power to eat and 
drink^alh. How totally do we depend upon 
him for Life, and Breath, and all things ! One 
of our Company, William Mams, attempting 
to drink.after many EfTays was not able to fwal- 
low it,' but ftill the water returned, fo that he 
funk down to the Ground, faintly faying, lam 
H de4d Man ; we forgot our fclvcs,t0 remember 
him, and after much ftriving, and forcing, he 
took a little ; and when he and wc were rcfrclh'd 
, ■ with 



Of Great Mercy. 83 

with our Cake and water, we lay down by the 
Well-fide till the Morning. None of us cou'(| 
watch for the refi, but One Godwntchcdovtr 
m all: There we lay lockt up, and buried in 
Sleep : The Heavens covered us, when wc wan- 
ted a Canopy .- Each might fay in the Morning, 
with David, Pfal. 3.57 Lud me down andjlept ; 
J awaked, for the Lord fujiatnedrrje. 

When it was clear Day, we addreft 0U15 
fclvcs once more 10 the Man upon the wat.h; 
Tower, entreating him to Dircd us the ready 
way to the next Houfe, or Town, where we 
might find Relief. He civily points us towards 
a Houfe a!)Out two Miles'otf, whither, with 
wearied ftcps , and joyful Hearts , we now 
began to Travel : Oor Feet had been fo pa;-' 
boy led, and ^tiodled with the Sans heat, in the 
Salt water-pickle , that they were very raw , 
and more bliiler'd ; and long it was before wc 
could over-come the tedioufnefs of thofc two 
Miles. When wc approach'd the Houfe, the 
Owner efpying us, and concluding by our//wi'- 
l>y garb, that wc were fomc Pilfering Rafcals, 
Prefcnted a Fowling Piece at us, and charged us 
to Hand. The foremoft of our Company, who 
could fpcak that Language well, meekly told 
him, he might fparc that Language, we were 
not abU, if we had fo wicked a will:, nor willing, 
if we had hcenable, tooffcr him the lead injury j 
That we were a Company of poor Creajturesj 
whojj) t]ie \^'onderful Providence ofGoU.h^d 
'. .^.|j -' ■ • " - Refcii- 



S.j. ji Strati Montmcnt 

kcfcucd from the Sl-ivcry of .-//^/f>-.<-,and hoped 
he would (hew Mercy to the i\inictcd. 'i he 
llonc'l lamer, moved with our Rdation, fcnt 
us out Bread, \ Vatcr, ani Olives, with which 
w!icn we had rcfrefh d our fel vcs, we lay down, 
an i Kel'tcd three or four hours in tlie Field \ and 
returning thanks for his Charity, prepared to 
crawl away at our lame rate. He feeing us 
thankful Bcggers, enlarged his Civility to us, 
called us into his Ifoufe, and gave us good warm 
Bean Pottage, wliich feemed to me the mod 
Pleafint looJ that ever I eat in my Life : Our 
Leave once more taken, we Advanced towards 
the City of Af'iyoil^, which from this place is 
about ten Miles : No water could we meet with 
upon our way, but tuwards Evening, we dif- 
covercd one drawing Water at a Well, wc 
hafl-ed to hiiri, rind he drew for us ; that was our 
Supper, and there was our Lodging that Night. 
1 he next Morning we came into the Suburbs 
of the City, theftrangcnefsof our Attire, being 
bare foot, barc-Icg'd, having nothing on but 
loofe Coats over our Shirts, drew a croud of en- 
quirers about us, who we were/ whchcewc 
came? whither we went ? Wc gavcthcin a 
particular Account of cur Deliverance, with its 
Circumftanccs; and thvty as willing ro pity; as 
to li>iow our Eilatc, and as ready r* Relieve, Vi'$ 
fit)\ accommodated us for the prefent with food', 
they (gave us Wine,. andStrong-Avaters, ind 
il'hatisyer elfe might recover our e^hauftedSpi- 
'^- rits ; 



Of CrcAt Mercy. 85 

rits^ but told us, wc muft be oblif cd to tarry 
in the Suburbs, till //;f ru^-iJojhifd notice that , 
fuch Stranf.crs were Arrived: Me had foon /«- 
ftrrratiou of us, and wc as foonw Ccn.rr^ndio 
appear before him : He Examii-.td us about ma- 
ny AtTairs- what Men of VV:ir the Jherincs 
had rit Sea ? v.'hat llrtngth they were of at 
Land ? Llut above all, he was molt curious,and 
cxad in farisfying himfclf about our Efcape, our 
Boat, our Ha2ards at :ca, wherein when wc' 
had fully Obeyed him, he Ordered wc Ihould 
be mainta'ned at his own Coll till we could have 
palTagc to our own Countrey. 

In this while the People gathered us Money- 
to buy us CloathsandShooes, and we w nted 
nothing that Nature called for , but ibanlful 
Hearts to God. And they endeavoured to help 
to that Mercy too : As I was walking in the 
Streets viewing the City, a Young Man fteps to 
me , Friend ( laid he ) are you one of thofe that 
came lately Over in the Canvas- Boat ! I An- 
fwcred. Yes, I was one of them : well ( reply- 
cd the Young Man ) It wm not the little Loat , 
but the Gre.n God that brought you Over. I 
mu/l needs fay, I often think of' this Young mans 
words, and as often as- I think of them they 
chide me, that I have not hitherto more pub- 
lickly owned God in his Gracious and wonder- . 
ful Deliverance. However, others may be con-"' 
cern'd to Read I know not yet I am cobcern'd tO'' 
Write of the great things God has done forme. 
SECT. 



26 



A Small Monnment 



SECT. xrii. 



the TrovidcHca of God rchkh attended 
uf^ and Conduced us all ftfe to Eng- 
land. 



IT may not prove ungrateful to the Reader, 
to fee how tlic great God, who beirun to work 
for us, pcrfciled htf werk^'conceri/i/i" ttr. I low 
he that had, and did deliver, would llill deliver 
us; as /7«j/ir5r.trj have their Glories, yet Con- 
y?r//rfr/ow/arc more Glorious : So each Provi- 
dence of 'God is Admirable; but taken together, 
as one ferving another, and this helping forwards 
that, fo indeed they are moll Admirable ; when 
the Creator viewed his each days work, it fo 
puncftually anfwercd its Jdjeu according to 
which, and Obeyed the Power by which it was 
Created, that he pronounced kCood; but when 
he rc-viewed the Produ(ft of the fix days, he 
pronounced alt to be very food : Each Letter in 
a Book fpeaks sl^ll, but when thofe Letters form 
wordsy thofe words, fentences, t^ere is a grea- 
ter Excellency, and more skill Difcovered : S?- 
farate Providences fpcakout eminently/ow^ of 
Gods Attributes ; but when wc put them toge- 
ther, alLthe Attributes of God rtiine forth in' 
them. 



Of Great Mercy. Sj 

th«n, and one Illuftratc another, which refle<fts 
a light upon the former. 

Afayork, is a City where our En^lifli Ships 
did feldom Trade, and we being full of defirc to 
fee our Native Countrey, preferr'd our humble 
Petition to 'the f^tce-Roy, That we might have 
Pajfage in the King 0/ Spains G allies, whicht 
were then in the Road, bound for Alicant in-- 
Spain, which he gracioufly granted us : What' 
cold Entertainment we met with there from 
fomc of our own Countrey, I fhall draw a veil' 
over ; yet even there wc found the Mercies of 
Cod. One Merchant took CompafTion on us , 
and Conduced us to an Englijh mans Hout-, 
where wc Lodged, and gave us half a Dollar 
to defray ourCharges.The next day,undor;iand- 
ing that there was an £»^/»y/;w.'.v in the Road, 
bound for England, wc went aboard to fee for 
PaflTage; we made our Condition our bcft Ar- 
gument to prevail : The Mafter told us, he had 
but little Provifion, but if we would be content 
with Bread, and Beverage, we might go. We 
accounted that , Royal Fare, and accordingly 
waited till he fet Sail : Whilft we were aboard, 
two EngUjh Merchants came thither alfo , and 
were veryrcarneli that we would give them the. 
(hort of our Adventure : We gratified them.and 
one of them faid ; Countrey-men, we have heard 
your ftory. After a few days, we kt Sail, and 
when we were at Sea, were hotly Chafed by 
fwo TnrkiP] Men of War, but being narCible- 
H tore^ 



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tore, we got in there, and efcapcd. We had : 
known Slavery reo much andloitg^to be amhi- . 
tioiu of it again i and therefore three of us, 
John J>ithony, John— Carpenter , and my fclf 
went afhoar, and there ftayed : Our other 
Companions ventur'd along with the Ship, and 
came into EngLind before us. VVhilll wc 
wereat 6';Wefo>-e, \.\\z Spaniards undcrllanding 
our Condition, much pitycd us : and one told 
us, that if we would accept it, we might have 
Lodging in his Vefibl, and he had FiHi enough 
that wc might make ufe of: There wc ftaid till 
our Money was gone, and then rcfolved to go 
wit{i the Foot- Poll by hmdto Cadiz.^ which is 
about fixty Miles : Butwhildmy two Compa- 
nions were gone to enquire for the Courier, I 
ftaid upon the (hoar, and faw a fmall Sfam^i 
VclTcl coming from Malaga, bound for Cadiz. ; 
I went aboard him, todcfirc Pafljge, ho freely 
granted it, and the next Morning early, wc fct 
Sail, and in little time came into C(i^/z,-Road, 
but not nigh enough togoafhore, the Captain 
told us,our PafTagc was p3id,we might freely go 
aOiorc when we would. Now, bccaufc we found 
no Ship here bound for England, and hearing 
that there was one at St. Lucars, we Tra- 
velled thither by Land, which is about twelve 
Miles : After a fliort itay there, I met with the 
Ma(tcrs Mate , of whom I earneftly entreated 
for Paffage ; he told rac> he had very little Pro- 
yifioiiv and that it would be hard to be Obtained : 
whillt 



Of great Mercy. 85 

wbilfl we were talking, the Boat came to fetch 
him aboard, and in her there was a Youth, who 
was the Mailers Son : He asked his Fathers 
Mate, who was a! fo his Uncle, who we were? 
He told him, we were poor Men Efcapcd from 
Algiers, Jbutfqr Want of Provifion, he doubted 
Avc could not go for England. No .' '( faid the 
Youth) do you think my Father will deny paf- 
fage to poor £/;^//y/;-wf «, that come from AU, 
gtcrj?- Come Countrey- men (faid he) come 
into the Boat, you fliall have Paffage : He pre- 
fently acquaints his Father with us and our Con- 
dition : He treated us with great kindncfs, he 
prevailed with the Merchants to lay in Provifion 
for us : wc continued in his Ship till we came 
away : In the time of our ftay, I wen; aboard 
one Captain Good/on, who lay then in the Road , 
he was extremely civil to me j at my departure 
he gave me twenty fhillings, and fct me aboard 
our Ship , in his own Boar, Wc met with 
contrary winds, and were very near Engaging 
with a Hamburger ; it was five weeks before wc 
could reach the Downsiwhcrc wc arrived in Seo. 
1 644, The Commander of the Ship was Captain 
Smtth, of Redriff. 



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The C^wv-^ as thy Winding- Sheet: 
From C<7^ff, S/;ro»^ Delivered, 
C'AVt RefurreQion from the Dead! 
And fince thy Ltfe's the Great , thy Lines 

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